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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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?

Presidential Social Media Summit

Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives Matt Lira speaks with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., July 11, 2019, during the Presidential Social Media Summit in the East Room of the White House. Image Credit: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks via Flickr

Policymakers should proceed with caution, and welcome good advice.

Falun Gong

Falun Gong practitioners meditating in public in Guangzhou in 1998, before the Communist Party banned the spiritual group in 1999. Such sessions remain forbidden. Image credit:

A time may come when the Communist Party is no longer ruling China and Falun Gong is again a popular, permitted public activity.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the democratic advancements of Taiwan at a dinner hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. (TECRO). Image credit: Taiwan Presidential Office via Flickr 

Beijing sees an existential threat in Taiwan’s enduring freedoms.