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As India marks 70 years of independence, its democratic institutions are suffering from weaknesses that the government has done little to address.
India’s Supreme Court has confirmed death sentences for four men in a notorious 2012 rape case. But despite growing public opprobrium, a woman or girl is raped every 15 minutes in the country.
The coming year holds the possibility of both positive developments and troubling setbacks for press freedom worldwide.
Internet freedom improved in India for the second consecutive year in 2015, even as more governments worldwide censored information of public interest and expanded surveillance.