At high compression ratios, the current lossy compression algorithms introduce distortions that are generally exploited by the No-Reference quality assessment. For JPEG-2000 compressed images, the blurring and ringing effects cause the principal embarrassment for a human observer. However, the Human Visual System does not carry out a systematic and local research of these impairments in the whole image, but rather, it identifies some regions of interest for judging the perceptual quality. In this paper, we propose to use both of these distortions (ringing and blurring effects), locally weighted by an importance map generated by a region-based attention model, to design a new reference free quality metric for JPEG-2000 compressed images. For the blurring effect, the impairment measure depends on spatial information contained in the whole image while, for the ringing effect, only the local information localized around strong edges is used. To predict the regions in the scene that potentially attract the human attention, a stage of the proposed metric consists to generate an importance map issued from a region-based attention model, defined by Osberger et al . First, explicit regions are obtained by color image segmentation. The segmented image is then analyzed by different factors, known to influence the human attention. The produced importance map is finally used to locally weight each distortion measure. The predicted scores have been compared on one hand, to the subjective scores and on other hand, to previous results, only based on the artefact measurement. This comparative study demonstrates the efficiency of the proposed quality metric.