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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sits at his desk. Photo courtesy of ZMINA Human Rights Center.

The new president and upcoming parliamentary elections could spur progress in three key areas.

danger due to misinformation sign

A hanging sign warns of "Danger Due To Misinformation." Image Credit: 3dpete via Flickr.

Social media companies must cooperate with local actors to fight election-related disinformation, and international organizations must encourage and support these efforts.

Photo Credit: Ullstein Bild / Contributor to Getty Images. 

Left unchecked, such behavior impoverishes the state and fuels populist anger.

Mart Helme, leader of Estonian far-right party EKRE

Mart Helme, leader of the far-right Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), speaks at the 2016 Estonian Opinion Festival. Image Credit: arvamusfestival via Flickr.

Estonia's liberal values are being put to the test by the sudden, shocking rise of ultranationalist party EKRE.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador Mexico president

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador​ signs autographs as he arrives to a joint press conference with El Salvador President Nayib Bukele. Photo by Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images.

No, or at least not yet, according to Freedom in the World Mexico analyst Jake Dizard.

2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protest

2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protest. Image credit: Studio Incendo via Flickr

June has been a terrible month for internet freedom in China. July may be even worse.

People celebrate the victory of the mayoral election in Istanbul.

People celebrate the victory of candidate Ekrem Imamoglu after the rerun of the mayoral election on June 23, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. Image credit: Erhan Demirtas/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Hearings are set to begin in a case that hangs on sprawling conspiracy theories.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Ramaphosa's new cabinet faces significant challenges. Image credit: GovernmentZA, Flickr.

A new cabinet with internal rifts faces major challenges in the coming parliamentary term.

President Rodrigo Duterte

Authoritarian rulers around the world are leading attacks on women’s rights. Photo Credit: Presidential Communications Operations Office, Wikimedia Commons.

Authoritarian rulers around the world are leading attacks on women’s rights.

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The pardon of Reuters journalists should not be mistaken as evidence authorities are easing restrictions on free speech.

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