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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Demonstrators outside Istanbul court

Demonstrators hold copies of the Cumhuriyet daily outside an Istanbul court where a dozen of the newspaper's employees stand trial on charges of aiding terror groups. (Photo credit: AP via Shutterstock)

Positive rulings are not always enforced, but they help preserve crucial legal standards regarding fundamental rights.

BJP and Shiv Sena flags

Flags of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Hindu nationalist movement Shiv Sena on display at an election rally in Mumbai (Photo credit: Al Jazeera English)

Only sustained pushback from the opposition and civil society can halt the government’s anti-Muslim actions, says political scientist Sumit Ganguly.

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.