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Estonian World is again rated number one authority on Estonia by a French agency

Estonian World has again been rated the number one authority on Estonia on the social media by the Paris-based agency, Agilience. According to the agency, Estonian World “is rated #1 Estonia authority, covering also Tallinn and [the] Baltic states” for May 2019. The Estonian government is rated the number two …

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Editorial: Estonian World is not for turning

Estonian World finds itself in a new and unique position where, for the first time, the inclusion of a far-right party in the Estonian government demands an English-language “watchdog” media role from us. For almost 28 years, Estonia moved forward. Successive governments introduced reforms, the country turned its face west …

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Estonian liberal commentator Ahto Lobjakas resigns in the face of self-censorship demands

Ahto Lobjakas, the outspoken and sharp commentator at the Estonian Radio 2 – part of the Estonian Public Broadcasting – is forced to leave his post due to the demands of self-censorship by the broadcasting’s board; Lobjakas is known for holding the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) leaders, future …

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UPDATED: The first Estonian journalist leaves a major newspaper over her views

Vilja Kiisler, a journalist at Postimees, one of the largest newspapers in Estonia, has decided to leave her post due to differences with the paper’s editor-in-chief over what she expressed in an opinion article. Kiisler announced on 22 April on Facebook that she would be leaving Postimees after she wrote …

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Estonia ranked 11th in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Estonia has been ranked 11th among 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders, having improved its ranking compared with 2018 by one spot. According to Reporters Without Borders, journalists in Estonia are working in a broadly favourable environment, but media ownership is still highly …

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Estonia ranks 12th in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Estonia ranks 12th among 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders. According to the organisation, the media situation in Estonia is generally satisfactory. “The media are free and independent and Estonia is yet again riding high in the World Press Freedom Index,” Reporters …

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Estonia ranks fifth in Europe in media literacy – analysis

According to a recent analysis by the Bulgaria-based Open Society Institute, Estonia ranks fifth in Europe in media literacy. The institute says in its study that the best equipped countries to resist the post-truth, fake news and their ramifications are the Northwestern European countries – ie the Scandinavian ones, the …

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Estonians are the least critical of the dangers of fake news in the EU

The Estonian population is the least critical of the dangers of fake news in the European Union, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey. The survey, published by the European Commission, was the first on fake news and disinformation, examining two current issues – the trust in media channels and the …

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