Freedom House honored Maina Kiai with the Freedom Award and Rep. Frank Wolf with the Leadership Award at its Annual Awards Dinner on October 1. Former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky gave the night's keynote address.

Since 2004, Hong Kong has declined 9 points on Freedom House's Freedom of the Press infographic. An infographic looks at press freedom over the past decade in Hong Kong.

A certain group of countries want greater control over how the internet is run globally. As it turns out, they tend to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to censoring the web and arresting users for their online activities.

Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, according to a report released by Freedom House in advance of the Internet Governance Forum.
 

Freedom House Honors Maina Kiai, Rep. Frank Wolf at Annual Awards Dinner
Hong Kong Press Freedom At Decade Low
Who Should Govern the Internet?
The Struggle for the Internet in Turkey
Countries & Territories: 45
3.9 billion people
38% free
Press:
5% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 44
614 million people
86% free
Press:
66% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 21
405 million people
2% free
Press:
2% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 50
925 million people
12% free
Press:
3% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 36
953 million people
71% free
Press:
38% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 17
286 million people
0% free
Press:
0% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

News & Updates

In response to the unlawful detention of female Dafuri students by Sudanese state security forces and reports of physical and sexual abuses, Freedom House issued the following statement:

In response to the government of Burkina Faso asking parliament to authorize a national referendum ending term limits for the country’s president, Freedom House issued the following statement:

In response to Egypt’s continued detention of thousands of demonstrators arrested since military coup in 2013, Freedom House released the following statement:

In response to the announcement that Simone Gbagbo—the former first lady of Côte d’Ivoire, who has been charged by the International Criminal Court with crimes against humanity allegedly committed during post-election violence in 2010-2011 – will appear before an Ivoirian court on October 22, 2014, Freedom House issued the following statement:

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Alexander Brockwehl
October 14, 2014



More troubling than Venezuela’s likely election to a seat on the UN Security Council is the fact that democratic countries in the region have tacitly supported its nomination.

Regions:

A Chinese court’s conviction on Sept. 23 of Ilham Tohti, an economics professor, on charges of “separatism” and its sentencing him to life imprisonment highlight the government’s efforts to subdue unrest in Xinjiang, the country’s far-western region that is also home to most Uighurs, the Muslim ethnic group to which Tohti belongs.

Regions: 
In response to the brief re-convening of the trial of seven bloggers and three journalists in Addis Ababa on October 15, Freedom House issued the following statement: