Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Tens of thousands of Bahraini protesters carry a liberated prisoner in the Pearl Roundabout of Manama City.

Mark P. Lagon

Freedom advocates are deeply needed now and in the future, because history won’t bend by itself if we idly stand by while others struggle for justice and democracy.

Ralph Büchi on behalf of Axel Springer SE is presented the Corporate Leadership Award by Freedom House board member Rebecca G. Haile. 

The German media company's president international discusses economic challenges, political obstacles, and coverage of the refugee crisis.

Héctor Magnetto, CEO of Grupo Clarin and winner of the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award (right). 

The chief executive of Grupo Clarín discusses the future of independent journalism in a changing environment.

 Faezeh Hashemi, centre-left, sitting next to Fariba Kamalabadi, centre-right.

Bret Nelson

Authorities’ response to a recent meeting highlighted the extreme persecution of an unrecognized religious group.

Aldosari, a prominent Saudi women’s rights advocate, discusses prospects for significant social reform in the kingdom. 

Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Mark P. Lagon

In a dangerous world, the United States and its allies must offer moral clarity and principled leadership in defense of democratic values.

Standing up for the human rights of LGBTI people entails great danger in many parts of the world, but successes to date show that it is a risk worth taking.

Image Credit: Shen Yun.

Sarah Cook

Beijing is using its economic clout to encourage censorship of the internationally acclaimed show Shen Yun.

truck mattresses line for customs clearance rwanda tanzania

Truck with mattresses in the queue for customs clearance at border crossing from Rwanda into Tanzania Credit: Syaolyao Cska, Flickr.

Daniel Calingaert

Businesses want predictable and transparent government regulation, the ability to operate freely, and fair enforcement of the law. Investment goes where it is welcome and stays where it is treated well. 

Photo from anti-Sisi protest in late 2015. Media repression continues in Egypt with the arrest of 30 journalists in April, preventing them from covering protests. Photo: Alisdare Hickson/Flickr

The coming year holds the possibility of both positive developments and troubling setbacks for press freedom worldwide.