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Senior Researcher, Nations in Transit

​Brexit negotiations will likely divert attention away from challenges to the liberal constitutional order in Poland and Hungary, writes Senior Researcher Zselyke Csaky. 

Freedom House issues a statement in response to the Polish government's new counter-terrorism and surveillance laws.

The coming year holds the possibility of both positive developments and troubling setbacks for press freedom worldwide. 

Director of Research, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press
Editor, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press

The year ahead may bring significant changes, for better or worse, to these often-overlooked countries.

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Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights

Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights examines the human rights implications of domestic blasphemy and religious insult laws using the case studies of seven countries—Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland—where such laws exist both on paper and in practice. Without exception, blasphemy laws violate the fundamentalfreedom of expression, as they are by definition intended to protect religious institutions and religious doctrine– i.e., abstract ideas and concepts – from insult or offence. At their most benign, such laws lead to self-censorship.  In Greece and Poland, two of the more democratic countries examined in the study, charges brought against high-profile artists, curators and writers serve as a warning to others that certain topics are off limits. At their worst, in countries such as Pakistan and Malaysia, such laws lead to overt governmental censorship and individuals are both prosecuted and subject to severe criminal penalties including lengthy jail sentences.

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