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Today’s dictators aren’t going it alone. Whether across the airwaves, on the internet, or at the polling booth, they are assisted by a range of private actors who are based in free countries but sell their services to unsavory regimes abroad.

Freedom House strongly condemns the illegal imprisonment in exile of Farshid Yadollahi and Reza Entesari, two Sufi Dervishes and prisoners of conscience.  Additionally, Iranian authorities must stop preventing Iranian Sufi Dervishes and prisoners of conscience from access to adequate medical care.

In this issue: Party criminal investigations hailed by official outlets, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese bloggers, and Microsoft’s Bing accused of internationalizing Chinese censorship.

Senior Program Associate, Internet Freedom

In many countries, political leaders take full advantage of social media platforms even as ordinary citizens face criminal prosecution for their own online activities.


Signature Reports

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.