Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Pakistan’s government is moving forward with a cybercrime bill that fails to protect privacy and human rights, ignoring a year’s worth of civil society consultation.

Arch Puddington

The recent claim that the Charlie Hebdo killings helped motivate the murder of Boris Nemtsov suggests that opponents of democracy will continue to sow discord over free speech issues. 

Unlike predecessors such as Deng Xiaoping or Taiwan’s Chiang Ching-kuo, Chinese president Xi Jinping appears unlikely to leave his country freer than he found it.

Arch Puddington

Beijing demands recognition of its remarkable economic achievements over the past few decades, but it also insists on immunity from criticism of its fierce hostility to political change. 

Freedom House has compiled the following questions for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who will appear before Senate and House committees this week.  

Sarah Cook

Near-term prospects for media and internet freedom in China are grim. Baa.

Alexander Brockwehl

A thin-skinned Ecuadorian government continues its campaign against a veteran political cartoonist. 

 

Adrian Shahbaz
February 11 marks four years since Mubarak was forced from power in Egypt. On this anniversary, Freedom House offers a timeline that chronicles how a social justice movement incubated online, exploded onto the streets, and is now being driven toward extinction by new dictatorship.

The following are suggested questions for Congressional Hearings on U.S. Policy toward Cuba.

Jennifer Dunham

African heads of state recently gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, for the 24th summit of the African Union. While discussions focused on high-profile continental crises such as the Boko Haram insurgency and the Ebola epidemic, an important phenomenon was, unsurprisingly, left off the agenda: the deteriorating situation for political and civil liberties in much of East Africa.

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