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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.

The world’s leading democracies have a poor record of responding to the rise of authoritarianism in their own regions, according to a Freedom House report released today.

Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research
Bret Nelson
Program Officer, Freedom in the World & Freedom of the Press

Freedom House yesterday released its annual Freedom of the Press report. The findings paint a grim picture of the state of global media freedom, with just 14 percent of the world’s population enjoying a vibrant press with diverse views and minimal state intrusion.

Joseph Gates
Communications Intern


Russia’s natural gas supplies are potent economic weapons in the crisis with Ukraine – and in Russia’s relations with other eastern European countries and the European Union.

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