Scores are based on a scale of 0 (least free) to 100 (most free)

header1 Issues of concern

  • The military has reasserted its role as political arbiter—more powerful than either the judiciary or the elected government—and sets the constraints within which civilian politics play out.
  • Islamist groups carry out attacks on religious minorities and other perceived opponents with impunity.
  • The government continues a crackdown on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and journalists.
  • Authorities tightly control the online environment, routinely using internet shutdowns, platform blocking, and arrests and harsh convictions to suppress online speech.

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  • Global Freedom Score

    37 100 partly free
  • Internet Freedom Score

    26 100 not free