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Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research

 

A new book by the former U.S. ambassador reveals a prime minister who disdains democratic principles, prefers cronyism to market competition, and sees his country as a victim of hostile foreign interests.

 

More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Americas

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, CNN's Global Public Square looks at Freedom House's rankings of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics to see how those liberated countries have actually fared.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Eurasia
Laura Reed
Research Analyst, Freedom on the Net

Last week, the Orbán government’s proposed tax on the internet sparked the largest protest in Hungary since 2010. Faced with this massive backlash, Orbán withdrew the proposal rather quickly, but hinted at reintroducing the proposal in early 2015, a move which could have negative effects on internet and media freedom.

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