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header1 Issues of concern

  • Women cannot inherit noble titles, meaning the seats reserved for nobility in the parliament are effectively reserved for men.
  • Anticorruption mechanisms are generally weak and lacking in resources. There is no law guaranteeing public access to government information.
  • Politicians have a history of exerting pressure on the media in response to critical coverage. Vague regulations issued in 2020 allow fines for publishing or broadcasting “sensitive information.”

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  • Global Freedom Score

    81 100 free