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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

In a time of seemingly unlimited access to information and new methods of content delivery, more and more areas of the world are becoming virtually inaccessible to journalists. 

The net neutrality debate that captured the attention of internet users in the United States and turned them into digital advocates has now reached the world’s largest democracy. 

The shape of the constitutional system and the fate of the Kurdish peace process both hinge on the ability of one party to clear the 10 percent threshold in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. 

In an interview on the worsening political repression in his country, exiled Rwandan activist David Himbara says “almost everyone in Rwanda is watched.” 

From time to time, the Freedom at Issue blog highlights those whose recent actions have contributed to or undermined the spread of democracy around the world.

Conditions for the media have worsened under the current administration, whose defensive approach to crisis management has diverted its attention from pursuing changes that could address the root causes of the problem.

Recent reports on a trip to Azerbaijan by U.S. lawmakers focused on possible breaches of rules regarding travel expenses, but not on the ethics of boosting ties with a vicious dictatorship.

In celebration of Africa Day on May 25, Freedom House highlights 10 victories for human rights and democracy that took place across the continent over the past year.

Excerpts from a conversation with the editor in chief and the film critic of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

Those arguing for engagement with Minsk rely on a series of convenient illusions about the nature and intentions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime.