On June 18, international human rights organization Freedom House released the annual study Nations in Transit. The comparative research on democratic development in 29 countries from Central Europe to Eurasia covers the period from January 1 through December 31, 2012. Freedom House measured progress according to the following indicators: electoral process, civil society, independent media, national democratic governance, local democratic governance, judicial framework and independence, and corruption.
According to the study, Armenia is among the six countries, which received a score improvement in their democratic progress. The amelioration in 2012 “was due to an improved media environment in the run-up to the parliamentary vote and a significant decline in the number of defamation suits”, Freedom House emphasized.