Freedom House has published its report on freedom of the press in 2012. Belarus got in the list of the most repressive countries.
According to the report, the most liberal ones are Norway and Sweden, followed by a number of the European countries and the US.
The worst countries for journalists are Belarus, Cuba, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Northern Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: according to the report, the independent press is factually non-existent in them.
Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are the causes of special concern, and Russia stands among the authoritarian regimes which actively smother freedom of the press on par with China and Iran.