Estonian president named most press-unfriendly politician

Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves © Egon Tintse 2009

Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves was named the most press-unfriendly politician by the Estonian Newspaper Association. The Association justified its decision in a press release with the fact that Mr Ilves had signed the controversial new media bill on December 10, 2010. Last years ‘winner’ of the award was Rein Lang, Estonia’s minister of Justice.

The Estonian Newspaper Association awards the title in conjunction with the award for the most press-friendly politician each year. Former president Lennart Meri as well as the former prime ministers Andrus Laar and Mart Ansip had been named most press-unfriendly politicians in earlier years.

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