Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Conditions for the media grew worse in most parts of the world last year, but it is important to remember that each region was falling from a very different height.
Yoseph Badwaza

The ruling party’s thorough manipulation of state institutions and suppression of dissent have ensured that Ethiopia’s May 24 elections will be an uncompetitive formality. 

Edgar Lungu’s first 90 days in office have frustrated hopes that he would put the country back on the path to democratic reform.

Mark P. Lagon

Beijing’s repression of the Uyghur population reveals larger truths about China, and has policy implications for the United States. 

Emergency crowdfunding campaigns in Russia and Belarus have rescued some civic groups faced with crippling fines, but regular and sustained donations remain rare. 

Daniel Calingaert

The race is on. While the next U.S. presidential election is still 18 months away, candidates have begun to launch their campaigns.

Freedom House interviews Venezuelan political cartoonist Rayma Suprani, who was fired by El Universal for satirizing the Venezuelan government. 

Freedom at Issue highlights those who have contributed to the promotion or strengthening of democracy, and those who have set back the cause of freedom.

The diplomatic thaw between Belarus and the West strengthens the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, not the sovereignty or rights of the Belarusian people.

Freedom House interviewed Xavier Bonilla—a cartoonist known by the pen name Bonil who has come under attack from the government of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa.