On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, there is not much to celebrate in the Caucasus. Georgia, not exactly a paragon of free speech, is as good as it gets in the region.
Being freer than Azerbaijan and Russia for media liberties is not much of a compliment for any country. With its dismal ranking of 80 on US civil-rights watchdog Freedom House’s most recent press freedom chart -- four up from the bottom and dead even with Russia -- Azerbaijan marked the day by telling journalists they will soon get apartments in an upcoming 10-storey “press building” in Baku.
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