- Direct pressure against journalists, including threats by criminal groups and corrupt authorities, and occasional violent attacks encourage self-censorship.
- The interests of minority ethnic groups are poorly represented in government. No Afro-Paraguayans or Indigenous people held legislative office in 2020.
- The judiciary is nominally independent, but money launderers, drug traffickers, and corrupt politicians are often able to co-opt local judicial authorities.
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Global Freedom Score65 100 partly free