The rating was created by Freedom House - the independent organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
According to the report, Ukraine scores 37 points, which is almost twice as better as Russia's status of 62 points. Ukraine has received four extra points this year in comparison with the previous one (33 points in 2014).
"The deterioration of freedom has been recorded in 32 out of 65 countries under study since June 2014. The most significant deterioration took place in Libya, Ukraine and France. Being in a position between the territorial conflict and propaganda war against Russia, Ukraine has shown signs of increasing persecution for content aimed at criticism of government policies, as well as the increased level of violence on the part of the pro-Russian paramilitary groups against the users, who published pro-Ukrainian content in the eastern regions," the report reads.
According to research, the pressure from militants in eastern Ukraine resulted in temporary blocking of pro-Ukrainian content on servers hosted in the region. Besides, In April 2015, 30,000 websites were temporarily shut down when Ukraine State Security Services seized servers from a data center believed to be hosting "anti-Ukrainian" content. Most of the websites were restored within a few weeks, though some remained offline.
The worst situation among the studied countries is in Iran, Syria, and China (87, 87 and 88 points, respectively). The highest level of freedom is in Iceland (6 points), Estonia (7), and Canada (16). Belarus has 64 points, Turkey - 58, France - 24, Japan - 22, USA - 19, Germany - 18.
The Freedom on the Net scores are based on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 representing the best level of freedom on the net progress and 100 the worst. Based on the score, Freedom House assigns the following internet freedom ratings: scores 0-30 = free, scores 31-60 = partly free, scores 61-100 = not free.
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