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.

The Politburo’s Predicament examines the evolution of the censorship and internal security apparatus under the leadership of Xi Jinping and the overall degree of repression that has increased since Xi rose to power.

Global internet freedom has declined for a fourth consecutive year, according to Freedom on the Net 2014, Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet user rights in 65 countries.

Freedom in the World 2015
China Report: The Politburo's Predicament
Freedom on the Net 2014
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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Following the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent opposition leader in Russia, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

Freedom House urgest the swift passage of the "End Modern Slavery Initiative” bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. 

After Belarusian political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok received another year in jail for “malicious repeat violations of prison rules,” Freedom House issued the following statement.

Freedom House issued the following statement in anticipation of Saturday’s elections in Lesotho. 

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Beijing demands recognition of its remarkable economic achievements over the past few decades, but it also insists on immunity from criticism of its fierce hostility to political change. 

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