Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. © Dept. of Defense photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released.

Weakening internet users’ privacy to aid law enforcement would likely do more harm than good.

Mobile repair and recharging shop in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. 

 

Thousands of Rohingya refugees are denied internet access because Bangladesh requires mobile users to register with their national identity documents.

Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin, August 2017. © Hromadske Radio.

Два законопроекти, підтримані Президентом Петром Порошенком, становлять собою лише частину більш широкого наступу на групи громадянського суспільства, які ведуть боротьбу з корупцією.

Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin.

Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin, August 2017. © Hromadske Radio

Gina S. Lentine

Two bills backed by President Poroshenko are part of a broader attack on civil society groups dedicated to fighting corruption.

The following countries are among those that may be approaching important turning points in their democratic trajectory, according to the latest Freedom in the World report.

China’s crackdown on popular messaging and blogging apps puts them in a difficult place

China’s crackdown on popular messaging and blogging apps puts them in a difficult place. Rebel Pepper, December 2016. © Radio Free Asia

Sarah Cook

State controls and economic pressures have stifled high-quality reporting in one of the world’s most important countries.

Dokhi Fassihian
Theo Wilson

Tunisia’s leaders, particularly President Essebsi, have relied on self-serving political consensus that has slowed democratic reforms and exposed the gap between citizens and government.

ilgar mammadov

Photo Credit: Council of Europe. 

If the authorities in Baku continue to ignore court orders to release an opposition politician, Azerbaijan could face expulsion from the 47-member organization.

One of the country’s most respected graduate centers faces closure due to an investigation whose motivations remain murky.

Tyler Roylance

Antidemocratic leaders share a propensity for using scapegoats to weaken their opponents and break constraints on their own power.

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