Freedom at Issue: Insights on the global struggle for democracy | Freedom House

Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

China’s crackdown on popular messaging and blogging apps puts them in a difficult place

China’s crackdown on popular messaging and blogging apps puts them in a difficult place. Rebel Pepper, December 2016. © Radio Free Asia

State controls and economic pressures have stifled high-quality reporting in one of the world’s most important countries.

Tunisia’s leaders, particularly President Essebsi, have relied on self-serving political consensus that has slowed democratic reforms and exposed the gap between citizens and government.

ilgar mammadov

Photo Credit: Council of Europe. 

If the authorities in Baku continue to ignore court orders to release an opposition politician, Azerbaijan could face expulsion from the 47-member organization.

One of the country’s most respected graduate centers faces closure due to an investigation whose motivations remain murky.

Antidemocratic leaders share a propensity for using scapegoats to weaken their opponents and break constraints on their own power.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (President, Turkey) and Milos Zeman (President, Czech Republic). Credit: NATO/Flickr.

Democracy’s enemies are gaining strength as the U.S. government disengages from the struggle. 

In his first year as U.S. president, Donald Trump has regularly praised rulers known for their antidemocratic practices.

A White House visit by a Central Asian ruler presents an opportunity for renewed U.S. leadership on democracy and human rights.

People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

 

Citizens have long been excluded from policymaking, and they don’t like the results.

Zimbabwe's military and its political allies hope to preserve their own positions in an authoritarian status quo.

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