Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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.

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A woman carrying a baby on her back casts her ballot at a polling station in Gatundu South, Kiambu county, during general elections on August 8, 2017. SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images.

In many countries, upcoming votes raise the likelihood of online censorship and deliberate service disruptions.

Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro.

Investigative journalists have uncovered trafficking, bribery, and money-laundering networks that reach across the Americas.

Stella Nyanzi, Ugandan activist

Stella Nyanzi (Credit: African Peacebuilding Network, program assistant Dagan Rossini)

The spread of repressive policies has implications for U.S. security interests in the region.

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In a bizarre case against human rights activists, prosecutors are stretching the definition of terrorism beyond all recognition.

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A refugee influx, economic concerns, and disaffection with established parties created an opening for xenophobic nationalists.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who was killed by a car bomb. The Malta Independent.

While murders are unusual, Malta’s journalists have faced a number of other constraints on their work.