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Activists' Stories

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Turkey: Journalists Under Pressure

Turkish journalists describe the pressure they face. Video produced for Freedom House special report 'Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media, and Power in Turkey.'

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Russia: LGBTI Activists

Viachelsav Revin speaks about the environment for LGBT rights in Russia.


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Egypt: The Plight of NGO Workers

Staff from Freedom House's Egypt and Jordan offices discuss the impact of the NGO trial on their lives.


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Syria: The Situation on the Ground

Syrian activists and experts Kinda Kanbar, Oubab Khalil, Omar Hossino, and Mohammed Sergie discuss the situation in Syria.

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Bahrain: Maryam Al-Khawaja on the Struggle for Human Rights

2012 Freedom Award winner Maryam Al-Khawaja speaks about the oppressive conditions in Bahrain that led to the imprisonment of Nabeel Rajab and other activists, and about the struggle that her father, Abdulhadi, and sister, Zainab have faced in the fight for democracy and human rights in Bahrain.

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China: Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng talks about what inspired him to become a rights activist and some of the challenges that he and his family have faced.


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Belarus: Natallia Pinchuk speaks about the plight of political prisoners

Natallia Pinchuk speaks about human rights in Belarus and the plight of political prisoners, including her husband, human rights activist Ales Bialiatski.


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Uganda: Ugandan Journalists Practicing Self-Censorship

Journalists in Uganda face harassment while attempting to cover the news. Activist and former journalist Geoffrey Ssebaggala tells his story.

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Mexico: Violence Against Journalists

"We don't want journalists to be heroes, we want journalists to be alive." Mexican activist Margarita Torres tells her story.


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Thailand: Freedom of the Press Findings Motivate Activists

Freedom House's Freedom of the Press publication helps enable activists like Professor Pitch Pongsawat advocate for a free press in Thailand.



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