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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

2019 Internet freedom in Asia

Freedom on the Net 2019 finds dwindling internet freedom in many Asian countries.

The year 2019 was the worst for internet freedom in Asia in nearly a decade, and a worrisome omen for 2020.

November 2019 protests in Iran

November 2019 protests in Iran prior to nationwide internet shutdown via Wikimedia Commons

A nationwide shutdown has been lifted, but other restrictions on internet activity seem likely to intensify.

Candlelit vigil for victims of 2011 Maspero protests

Candlelit vigil for victims of 2011 Maspero protests via flickr

Egypt's current legal system punishes independent advocacy and perpetuates chronic abuses.

NBA billboard in China

NBA advertisment in China via Flickr

Revelations about state censorship and online troll networks undercut the authenticity of the Chinese response.

Brandenburg Gate December 1989

Brandenburg Gate December 1989 via Wikimeda Commons

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, extracts from decades of Freedom in the World reports paint a picture of a region in flux and prone to democratic backsliding.

South Africa Protests

Cape Town anti-femicide demonstration via Wikimedia Commons.

Despite an exemplary constitution, societal violence against women and foreigners persists.

Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong protests - Tsuen Wan March via Wikimedia Commons.

Part of the station’s mission is to attack designated enemies of the Communist Party.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un arrives for a working lunch in Pyongyang with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, October 2018. Image credit: US Department of State via Flickr 

North Korea scholar David Hawk answers questions about the implications of a nuclear accord for human rights conditions in the country.

2016 Mark Palmer Prize winners

2016 Mark Palmer Prize winners Luis Almagro and Deborah Lyons

The Community of Democracies is soliciting nominations for the 2019 Mark Palmer Prize to honor diplomats whose work has advanced democracy and human rights.

Connectivity Restrictions in Africa

Map highlighting connectivity restrictions and social media blocks in Africa since 2017

What’s the difference between a block and a blackout? Who’s responsible? What can be done?