Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin.

Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin, August 2017. © Hromadske Radio

Two bills backed by President Poroshenko are part of a broader attack on civil society groups dedicated to fighting corruption.

The following countries are among those that may be approaching important turning points in their democratic trajectory, according to the latest Freedom in the World report.

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.