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Freedom in the World 2015 found that the main factors driving the decline were the passage and use of restrictive laws against the media and and limits on the ability of local and foreign journalists to report freely within a given country.

Iran's Press Supervisory Board has suspended publication of Zanan-e Emrooz (Today’s Women), a popular monthly magazine about women’s issues.

To mark the fourth anniversary of Iran’s house arrest of political opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, Freedom House issued the following statement.

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s detention and interrogation of 36 social media users. 


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Special Reports

Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools

Internet censorship poses a large and growing challenge to online freedom of expression around the world. Censorship circumvention tools are critical to bypass restrictions on the internet and thereby to protect free expression online.
This document provides a comparison among different circumvention tools, both in terms of their technical merits, as well as how users of these tools describe their experience with them. The countries included in this report are Azerbaijan, Burma, China and Iran.


Discrimination and Intolerance in Iran's Textbooks

The government of Iran is teaching the country's children to discriminate against women and minorities, to view non-Muslims with suspicion if not contempt, and to perpetuate the regime's theocratic


Freedom House supports democracy and human rights leaders across the Middle East and North Africa region in exposing human rights abuses and pressing for reform.