Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Alyssa Rickard

This week’s conviction of Karim Wade, the son of Senegal’s former president, bucks a recent trend favoring impunity for political elites in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Africa Team Staff

Nigeria’s general elections are scheduled for Saturday, March 28. The following are five things to keep in mind as the date approaches.

Nate Schenkkan

The case of Turkish journalist Mehmet Baransu illustrates how the same politicized judicial system that was abused to end military authoritarianism is now being employed to install a civilian autocracy.

Pakistan’s government is moving forward with a cybercrime bill that fails to protect privacy and human rights, ignoring a year’s worth of civil society consultation.

Arch Puddington

The recent claim that the Charlie Hebdo killings helped motivate the murder of Boris Nemtsov suggests that opponents of democracy will continue to sow discord over free speech issues. 

Unlike predecessors such as Deng Xiaoping or Taiwan’s Chiang Ching-kuo, Chinese president Xi Jinping appears unlikely to leave his country freer than he found it.

Arch Puddington

Beijing demands recognition of its remarkable economic achievements over the past few decades, but it also insists on immunity from criticism of its fierce hostility to political change. 

Freedom House has compiled the following questions for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who will appear before Senate and House committees this week.  

Sarah Cook

Near-term prospects for media and internet freedom in China are grim. Baa.

Alexander Brockwehl

A thin-skinned Ecuadorian government continues its campaign against a veteran political cartoonist. 

 

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