Freedom of the Press
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Press Freedom Score (0 = best, 100 = worst)
Legal Environment(0 = best, 30 = worst)
Political Environment(0 = best, 40 = worst)
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Although the underdeveloped telecommunications infrastructure and high fees for internet connections have limited usage, internet access is generally not restricted by the authorities, and access grew to around 36 percent of the population in 2009. During the April postelection protests, authorities blocked access to several social-networking websites because protesters were using them to communicate amid the media blackout, according to local press reports. The following month, the state internet-service provider MoldData warned the oppositionist website Unimedia that it could be shut down for publishing “illegal material,” namely “hateful comments” posted by users.