Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

May 2017

Liberal democracy is under threat, and all who cherish it must come to its defense.

 
Sarah Cook

China’s Cybersecurity Law could take internet censorship to a new high.

india anti sexual violence protests

A protester chants slogans as she braces herself against the spray fired from police water canons during a protest against the Indian government's reaction to recent rape incidents in India, in front of India Gate on December 23, 2012 in New Delhi, India. Photo by Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images.

Rukmani Bhatia

India’s Supreme Court has confirmed death sentences for four men in a notorious 2012 rape case. But despite growing public opprobrium, a woman or girl is raped every 15 minutes in the country.

Free from the “nuisance” of the popular vote, these leaders are immune to the political currents that rotate power in electoral systems.

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Gina S. Lentine

It is critical that the international community stand with the Crimean Tatars and participate in acts of public remembrance to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of their forced deportation.

(Lorie ShaullFlickr).

Adrian Shahbaz

After Brexit and Trump, does Emmanuel Macron’s success herald a tidal shift toward liberalism?

Leon Willems
Arch Puddington

Democracies are no longer immune to the virus of the authoritarian state.

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Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in front of government offices in Bucharest [George Calin/Inquam Photos via Reuters].

Michael J. Abramowitz

Freedom House president Michael J. Abramowitz lays out our belief that it is in America’s interest to help defend the safety and freedom of others.

Governments that choose the path of media repression often pass by familiar landmarks as they descend into authoritarian rule.

The latest findings of the Freedom of the Press report show the state of media independence around the world. It’s not a pretty picture.

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