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During their scheduled meeting on November 22, President Barack Obama should press Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to live up to his promises of reform by guaranteeing all  Moroccans and inhabitants of the Western Sahara the rights of freedom of expression, assembly and the press.
 
Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa
written by
Leon Willems
Director of Free Press Unlimited
written by
Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research

Each year at this time, Freedom House, a Washington-based institute that specializes in research on global democracy, issues a report on the condition of press freedom around the world. The report’s findings for the past year make for disturbing reading. The number of countries that experienced a significant decline in media freedom outstripped the number that registered improvements. Even worse, trends for the past decade indicate a steady erosion in the ability of media to cover the most critical civic and political issues. The report’s most chilling conclusion: Only one in six people worldwide live in societies with a genuinely free press, the lowest percentage in over a decade.

Freedom House calls upon the Moroccan government to drop all criminal defamation charges brought against Youssef Jajili, editor in chief of the investigative weekly Alaan Magazine.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa
written by
Tyler Roylance
Staff Editor

At a recent conference on modern monarchy in London, Princeton University professor David Cannadine observed that monarchy “has not been a growth industry” over the last century, and that most of the monarchies that have disappeared were authoritarian in nature. Data from Freedom in the World support this notion, which should serve as both a warning and a spur to democratic reform for the few authoritarian monarchies that remain, especially in the Middle East. But the transition to democracy need not be a matter of mere survival: monarchies already in the democratic camp seem to excel, scoring disproportionately well among the world’s free countries.

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