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

Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

The following countries may be moving toward important changes in their press freedom conditions—for better or worse—in the coming year.

Poland, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Serbia were among the countries with the largest and most significant declines in the past year.

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Freedom House honors the secretary general of the Organization of American States for his work on behalf of Venezuela’s political prisoners and their families.

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Gender-based threats and abuse online have forced some women journalists to reduce their social media presence or even quit the profession.

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Hugo Chávez , the 64th President of Venezuela. 

No one should expect illiberal leaders to be satisfied with only a partial accumulation of power.

Patrice Talon, President of Benin

A president who tried to limit himself to one term, but whose economic reforms have proven unpopular

March and protest against CEU legislation, Budapest. Credit: Raeihan Djajadikarta.


Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has searched endlessly for new battles to prop up his public support. With the 2018 elections approaching, his latest moves have brought Hungary to a critical juncture.

With his referendum on expanding presidential powers, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is following in the footsteps of some two dozen other presidents who have changed or ignored constitutional rules to extend their time in office.

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The deeply flawed vote has left the president with little democratic legitimacy.

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Turkish citizens prepare to vote in a plebiscite that could formalize a dictatorship.