Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

June 2016

Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Tyler Roylance

Britain could benefit from the stabilizing elements found in another fractious democracy’s basic law.

Miklós Haraszti (pictured left). Photo Credit: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

The UN special rapporteur for Belarus, up for renewal this week, is still banned from entering the country. But the monitoring mechanism is needed now more than ever.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right Front National. Credit: Blandine Le Cain

Adrian Shahbaz

Illiberal forces on both sides of the Atlantic are exploiting the democratic process to undermine civil liberties.

Police behind a protest line in Sarajevo, 2014. Photo Credit Stefano Giantin (Flickr/Creative Commons).


The rise of Islamic extremism in the Balkans is just one symptom of the long-term decay of democratic governance.

Despite Uganda's 2016 presidential election ending in February, there is still much postelection political drama circulating around the country.

Candidates for Moldova Presidential Elections

From left to right: Maia Sandu from a new party Action and Solidarity (photo by Iulian Burcescu [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons), Vladimir Plahotniuc from the Democratic Party (photo by Vlad Plahotniuc - CC BY 2.0), Mihai Ghimpu from the Liberal Party (photo by United Nations Development Programme in Europe and CIS), and Igor Dodon from the Socialist Party (photo by Accent TV 2015, CC BY 3.0).

Gina S. Lentine

This October, Moldovans will head to the polls and elect their president through a direct vote for the first time in 16 years. This upcoming contest will give citizens a chance to vote against corruption. The United States and Europe should show their support.

Journalist Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova © Aziz Karimov.

The acclaimed investigative journalist spoke with Freedom House after her recent release from prison, and ahead of a major international sporting event in Baku.

 Entrepreneur, venture capitalist and hedge fund manager Peter Thiel. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Tyler Roylance
Shannon O’Toole

Litigation seeking crippling financial damages from media outlets may be unusual in the United States, but such campaigns are all too common in the world’s less free media environments.

Tens of thousands of Bahraini protesters carry a liberated prisoner in the Pearl Roundabout of Manama City.

Freedom advocates are deeply needed now and in the future, because history won’t bend by itself if we idly stand by while others struggle for justice and democracy.

Ralph Büchi on behalf of Axel Springer SE is presented the Corporate Leadership Award by Freedom House board member Rebecca G. Haile. 

The German media company's president international discusses economic challenges, political obstacles, and coverage of the refugee crisis.