Freedom House published the 2011 edition of its Freedom of the Press Index on May 2. The average rating of the EU101 countries slightly worsened (from 25.4 in 2010 to 26.4 in 2011). The status of Bulgaria and Romania remained „partly free” (with ratings above 30), while the other 8 countries have a press freedom status of „free”. The change from the previous report equals or less than 1 in all EU10 countries, the only exception is Hungary. The country experienced a significant decline: its rating rose up 7 points to 30, the last number in the „free” category. Hungary was mentioned even in Freedom House’s press release as „we are particularly troubled this year by declines in young or faltering democracies like Mexico, Hungary, and Thailand”.
1 EU10 refers to Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.