Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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.

People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Citizens have long been excluded from policymaking, and they don’t like the results.

Zimbabwe's military and its political allies hope to preserve their own positions in an authoritarian status quo.

In a new photo essay, Freedom House highlights 12 remarkable individuals who highlight that everyone can do something to fight against censorship and authoritarianism — both online and off.

Photo Credit: European Cultural Foundation

The absurd criminal charges announced last week represent an attack on the democratic values Kavala has worked to instill.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Periodistas de investigación han desenmascarado la red de tráfico de drogas, sobornos y lavado de dinero que se extienden a toda América. 

Citizens of Moldova protest against the mixed electoral system in front of the Parliament building. 

The fate of press freedom in the country is closely tied to the success of its democracy.