Harsh Laws and Violence Drive Global Decline 

Conditions for media freedom deteriorated sharply in 2014 to their lowest point in 10 years, as journalists around the world faced mounting restrictions. ...

Freedom in the World 2015 found that the main factors driving the decline were the passage and use of restrictive laws against the media and and limits on the ability of local and foreign journalists to report freely within a given country.

Freedom of the Press 2015
Freedom of the Press 2015: Harsh Laws and Violence Drive Global Decline

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Freedom House issued the following statement in response to Azerbaijani authorities’ denial of medical assistance to imprisoned human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev.

Ethiopia's May 24 elections were far from free and fair. 

The prison transfer of political prisoner Daniel Ceballos shows a stunning disregard by the Venezuelan government for safety and basic rights.

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The United States must rethink its relationship with the Ethiopia in light of the government's disregard for international election standards. 

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Alexander Brockwehl
May 27, 2015

Conditions for the media have worsened under the current administration, whose defensive approach to crisis management has diverted its attention from pursuing changes that could address the root causes of the problem.

Freedom in the World 2015

New Release: Freedom in the World 2015, the latest edition of its annual report on political rights and civil liberties in 195 countries around the globe.

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