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Ecuador: Government Eases Restrictions on Civil Society

Press ReleasesEcuador: Government Eases Restrictions on Civil SocietyNovember 22, 2017By allowing Pachamama to be re-incorporated, President Moreno sent an encouraging signal to Ecuador's civil society organizations.  

United States: Ending 'Net Neutrality' Could Reduce Access to Information

Press ReleasesUnited States: Ending 'Net Neutrality' Could Reduce Access to InformationNovember 21, 2017Repealing net neutrality would allow internet service providers to become an arbiter of what types of content consumers can access and at what speeds and price.

Zimbabwe's Coup Has Not Set It Free

Credit: Doug Coltart. Zimbabwe's Coup Has Not Set It FreePaul GrahamNovember 21, 2017Zimbabwe's military and its political allies hope to preserve their own positions in an authoritarian status quo.

Cambodia: Action against Opposition Party Opens Path to Authoritarian Rule

Press ReleasesCambodia: Action against Opposition Party Opens Path to Authoritarian Rule November 16, 2017The ruling Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen is dismantling Cambodia's democracy, a process it is accelerating with the forced closure of Cambodia's main opposition party and ...

Zimbabwe: Establish a Civilian Transitional Government

Press ReleasesZimbabwe: Establish a Civilian Transitional GovernmentNovember 16, 2017President Mugabe's long era of misrule is being replaced by military rule — which could be something that could be worse for both Zimbabwe and all of southern Africa. 

Restoring Balance in the U.S.-Turkey Relationship on Rule of Law

TestimoniesRestoring Balance in the U.S.-Turkey Relationship on Rule of LawNovember 16, 2017Freedom House Expert Nate Schkennkan presented the following testimony to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on November 15, 2017, detailing concerns about the rule of law in Turkey in the ...

Libertad en la Red 2017: Manipulación de redes sociales para socavar la democracia

Press ReleasesLibertad en la Red 2017: Manipulación de redes sociales para socavar la democraciaNovember 14, 2017Muchos gobiernos alrededor del mundo están aumentando drásticamente sus esfuerzos para manipular la información en las redes sociales.

New Report - Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

Press ReleasesNew Report - Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine DemocracyNovember 14, 2017Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media, threatening the notion of the internet as a liberating technology, ...

Meet the Faces of Internet Freedom

Meet the Faces of Internet FreedomNovember 14, 2017In a new photo essay, Freedom House highlights 12 remarkable individuals who highlight that everyone can do something to fight against censorship and authoritarianism — both online and off.

The Case against Turkish Philanthropist Osman Kavala

Photo Credit: European Cultural Foundation The Case against Turkish Philanthropist Osman KavalaNate SchenkkanNovember 9, 2017The absurd criminal charges announced last week represent an attack on the democratic values Kavala has worked to instill.

中國媒體快報:中共「十九大」後的媒體前景、監控措施出新招、打造非洲國家官媒(Issue 123, Traditional Chinese)

China Media Bulletin 中國媒體快報:中共「十九大」後的媒體前景、監控措施出新招、打造非洲國家官媒(Issue 123, Traditional Chinese)November 7, ...

中国媒体快报:中共十九大'后的媒体前景、监控措施出新招、打造非洲国家官媒(Issue 123, Simplified Chinese)

China Media Bulletin 中国媒体快报:中共十九大'后的媒体前景、监控措施出新招、打造非洲国家官媒(Issue 123, Simplified Chinese)November 7, ...

Letter from 58 NGOs Calling for Targeted Economic Sanctions in Burma

Joint LettersLetter from 58 NGOs Calling for Targeted Economic Sanctions in BurmaNovember 6, 2017Freedom House joins 57 civil society organizations in calling for the United States government to address the grave human rights and humanitarian crisis in Burma. 

Mientras sus ciudadanos sufren, Venezuela exporta corrupción

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Mientras sus ciudadanos sufren, Venezuela exporta corrupciónNovember 6, 2017Periodistas de investigación han desenmascarado la red de tráfico de drogas, sobornos y lavado de dinero que se extienden a toda América. 

Cuba: Human Rights Activists Are 'Disappeared'

Press Releases Cuba: Human Rights Activists Are 'Disappeared'November 2, 2017In response to the disappearance in Cuba of two Cuban human rights activists — Robert Jiménez Gutiérrez and Cesar Ivan Mendoza Regal — Freedom House issued the following statement:

Cuba: Human Rights Activists are 'Disappeared'

Press Releases Cuba: Human Rights Activists are 'Disappeared'November 2, 2017In response to the disappearance in Cuba of two Cuban human rights activists — Robert Jiménez Gutiérrez and Cesar Ivan Mendoza Regal — Freedom House issued the following statement:

Moldova's Media Struggle to Shake Off Political Influence

Citizens of Moldova protest against the mixed electoral system in front of the Parliament building.  Moldova's Media Struggle to Shake Off Political InfluenceOctober 31, 2017The fate of press freedom in the country is closely tied to the success of its democracy.

Election Season Is a Perilous Time for Internet Freedom

A woman carrying a baby on her back casts her ballot at a polling station in Gatundu South, Kiambu county, during general elections on August 8, 2017. SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images. Election Season Is a Perilous Time for Internet FreedomOctober 30, 2017In many countries, upcoming votes raise the ...

As Its Own Citizens Suffer, Venezuela Exports Corruption

Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. As Its Own Citizens Suffer, Venezuela Exports CorruptionOctober 25, 2017Investigative journalists have uncovered trafficking, bribery, and money-laundering networks that reach across the Americas.

Iran: Harsh Measures against a Former President, Dual Nationals

Press ReleasesIran: Harsh Measures against a Former President, Dual NationalsOctober 25, 2017In response to an Iranian court sentencing a public health researcher to death for alleged espionage, and authorities' recent apparent house arrest of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, Freedom ...

East African States Adopt China's Playbook on Internet Censorship

Stella Nyanzi East African States Adopt China's Playbook on Internet CensorshipOctober 24, 2017The spread of repressive policies has implications for U.S. security interests in the region.

Russia Manipulates Interpol against Browder

Press Releases Russia Manipulates Interpol against BrowderOctober 23, 2017Russian authorities placed William Browder on Interpol's 'wanted list" in retaliation for his campaign to sanction corrupt and abusive Russian officials, including those involved in the murder of Sergei Magnitsky.

Thought Crimes and Guilt by Association in Turkey

Thought Crimes and Guilt by Association in TurkeyNate SchenkkanOctober 23, 2017In a bizarre case against human rights activists, prosecutors are stretching the definition of terrorism beyond all recognition.

Thought Crimes and Guilt by Association in Turkey

Artwork depicting The Istanbul 10 - human rights defenders who were detained during a workshop in July 2017. - © Rebecca Hendin. Thought Crimes and Guilt by Association in TurkeyNate SchenkkanOctober 23, 2017In a bizarre case against human rights activists, prosecutors are stretching the definition ...

Freedom House and Partners Launch Project to Rebuild Support for Democracy

Press Releases Freedom House and Partners Launch Project to Rebuild Support for DemocracyOctober 19, 2017Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement today announced a project aimed at rebuilding strong bipartisan, public support in defense ...

Turkey: Detention of Kavala Escalates Attacks against Civil Society

Press ReleasesTurkey: Detention of Kavala Escalates Attacks against Civil SocietyOctober 19, 2017The detention of Osman Kavala is a significant escalation in the Turkish government's assault on civil society and media.

The Far Right's Gains Challenge German Democracy

The Far Right's Gains Challenge German DemocracyOctober 18, 2017A refugee influx, economic concerns, and disaffection with established parties created an opening for xenophobic nationalists.

A Journalist's Death Highlights Obstacles for Maltese Press

Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who was killed by a car bomb. The Malta Independent. A Journalist's Death Highlights Obstacles for Maltese Press October 18, 2017While murders are unusual, Malta's journalists have faced a number of other constraints on their work.

Venezuela: La oposición necesita una nueva y más inclusiva estrategia

Press ReleasesVenezuela: La oposición necesita una nueva y más inclusiva estrategia October 17, 2017El Consejo Nacional Electoral declaro la victoria del presidente Maduro y el Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela , con 17 de 23 gobernadores en las elecciones del pasado domingo.

Venezuela: Consejo Nacional Electoral suprime votos en elecciones regionales

Press ReleasesVenezuela: Consejo Nacional Electoral suprime votos en elecciones regionalesOctober 17, 2017El comportamiento ilegal del Consejo Nacional Electoral  en las elecciones de gobernadores en Venezuela dejo clausura de colegios electorales en áreas con mayorías opositoras y obligo a ...

Does Democracy's Toehold in Myanmar Outweigh the Lives of the Rohingya?

Does Democracy's Toehold in Myanmar Outweigh the Lives of the Rohingya?Rukmani BhatiaOctober 17, 2017Putting pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi could endanger her bargain with the military, but a system that allows ethnic cleansing may not be worth saving.

Ukraine Should Release Journalist Detained Due to Azerbaijan's Misuse of Interpol

Press ReleasesUkraine Should Release Journalist Detained Due to Azerbaijan's Misuse of Interpol October 17, 2017Ukraine detains an Azerbaijani journalist, Fikrat Huseynli, after a Red Notice' is requested by the government of Azerbaijan.

Venezuela: Opposition Needs New, Inclusive Strategy

Press ReleasesVenezuela: Opposition Needs New, Inclusive StrategyOctober 16, 2017Venezuela's National Electoral Council declared President Maduro's win of 17 out of 23 governorships in Sunday's regional elections. 

U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia's Bluff

Dr. Rajiv Shah, left, USAID administrator speaks with Ethiopian Prime Minister H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn in 2014. U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia's BluffOctober 16, 2017Addis Ababa has halted a human rights resolution in the House by threatening to break off security cooperation with the United ...

Venezuela: National Electoral Council Enacts Widespread Voter Suppression

Press ReleasesVenezuela: National Electoral Council Enacts Widespread Voter SuppressionOctober 13, 2017The National Electoral Council of Venezuela is taking illegal actions to influence the outcome of this Sunday's regional elections.

中国媒体快报:北京的国际干预、言论审查出新招、香港校园(Issue 122, Simplified Chinese)

China Media Bulletin 中国媒体快报:北京的国际干预、言论审查出新招、香港校园(Issue 122, Simplified Chinese)October 12, 2017本期看点:言论审查出新招、香港校园添紧张、中共的影响力如何破坏主要民主国家和联合国的自由

中國媒體快報:北京的國際干預、言論審查出新招、香港校園(Issue 122, Traditional Chinese)

China Media Bulletin 中國媒體快報:北京的國際干預、言論審查出新招、香港校園(Issue 122, Traditional Chinese)October 12, 2017本期看點:言論審查出新招、香港校園添緊張、中共的影響力如何破壞主要民主國家和聯合國的自由。

Political Struggles at Home Shape Beijing's Meddling Abroad

Political cartoon depicting the detention of Uyghur students in Egypt, and in some cases their deportation, at the apparent behest of the Chinese government. Image Credit: Credit: Rebel Pepper/Radio Free Asia. Political Struggles at Home Shape Beijing's Meddling AbroadSarah CookOctober 13, ...

United States Congress: Vote on H.Res 128 Supporting Respect for Human Rights in Ethiopia

Joint LettersUnited States Congress: Vote on H.Res 128 Supporting Respect for Human Rights in EthiopiaOctober 12, 2017Freedom House and coalition of NGOs and diaspora groups urge congress to pass United States House Resolution 128, Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive ...

Ukraine: Uzbek Journalist Deserves Protection

Press ReleasesUkraine: Uzbek Journalist Deserves ProtectionOctober 11, 2017Uzbek citizen Narzullo Akhunjonov has been held in Ukranian custody since September 20 after he and his family attempted to seek political asylum. 

Egypt: Government Moves to Increase el-Sisi's Powers, Revoke Citizenship of Critics

Press ReleasesEgypt: Government Moves to Increase el-Sisi's Powers, Revoke Citizenship of CriticsOctober 11, 2017Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the Egyptian government's proposals to postpone presidential election and establish courts that would deny citizens fair ...

Turkey: Court Conviction of Reporter Criminalizes Journalism

Press ReleasesTurkey: Court Conviction of Reporter Criminalizes JournalismOctober 11, 2017A Turkish court sentences a Wall Street Journal reporter to 25 months in prison for "terrorist propaganda" and her 2015 article on conflict between the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Turkish government.

China Media Bulletin: Beijing's foreign meddling, censorship innovation, HK campus tensions

China Media Bulletin China Media Bulletin: Beijing's foreign meddling, censorship innovation, HK campus tensions October 6, 2017In this issue: New innovations in censorship, Hong Kong campus tensions, and how Communist Party influence is undermining freedom in key democracies and the United Nations