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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy


The Kremlin is attempting to rein in Russia’s disillusioned youth, but dissent will grow unless young people are granted an effective outlet to air their grievances to the state.

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha sits at a desk while speaking into a microphone.

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha presides over a Coronation Committee meeting. Credit: Royal Thai Government

The junta wrote the rules for the recent elections, but it doesn’t seem to like the results.

Sudan's Presidential Palace

The presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan

Their demands are clear—a democratic Sudan under civilian leadership.

Man holds a Grumpy Cat sign protesting internet censorship in Singapore

A protester stands with a placard during a rally at a free-speech park called Speakers' Corner in Singapore. Photo Credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images.

The government’s new bill adds to a regional pattern of online restrictions.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi makes a speech

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives a speech at a press conference. Credit: Getty Images. 

The amendments will further empower the autocratic president and military, at the expense of ordinary Egyptians.

Istanbul mayoral candidate Binali Yildirim speaks to the press.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's Istanbul mayoral candidate Binali Yildirim speaks in Istanbul on April 01, 2019. Credit: Muhammed Enes Yildirim/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. 

The ruling party’s defeat in Turkey's major cities comes amid economic crisis and diplomatic tensions.

Map of China over a cell phone

A map of China covers a cell phone screen as a person attempts to use the phone. Credit: Pixabay

The Chinese social media giant is a growing global force, and it does the bidding of the Communist Party.

Kiev Ukraine Maidan Square monument
Photo Credit: Juan Antonio Segal (Flickr/Creative Commons). 

A censorious response to foreign disinformation, and struggles to address domestic meddling, threaten the open internet ideal.

thailand internet freedom

Leaders from Thailand's opposition party Future Forward give an interview to reporters in the leadup to the March 24th elections. Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons. 

In the leadup to elections, Thailand's junta has censored online content in addition to arrests and prosecutions for online activity. 

Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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