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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.
Remembering Leonard R. Sussman, Former Freedom House Executive Director
2015 Images of Repression & Freedom
Freedom in the World 2015
Countries & Territories: 45
4 billion people
38% free
Press:
5% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 21
410 million people
5% free
Press:
2% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Freedom House’s Newest Report.

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.

  • Of the 195 countries assessed, 89 (46 percent) were rated Free, 55 (28 percent) Partly Free, and 51 (26 percent) Not Free.
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  • All but one region had more countries with declines than with gains. Asia-Pacific had an even split.

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Freedom House mourns the death of Leonard R. Sussman, who led Freedom House for 21 years. 

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