The latest from Freedom House:

Since mid-April, students across Sudan have held peaceful demonstrations on issues including the long-running conflict in Darfur and the decision by the Government to sell the University of Khartoum campus. 

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

The dangers of reporting on national security and terrorism are well documented, but journalists can also face violence or imprisonment for covering an array of other high-risk topics.

Saudi human rights activist Hala Aldosari, and Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament Vian Dakhil will be co-recipients of the organization’s Freedom Award, recognizing their work to highlight human rights violations and to protect and improve the rights of women and minorities.

In response to a Brazilian court ordering a 72-hour ban of the messaging app WhatsApp, Freedom House issued the following statement.

China's National People’s Congress passed the foreign NGO management law, severely limiting the work of foreign NGOs and their local partners.

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea has issued a ban on the Mejlis of the Crimea Tatar People, the single representative body of the Crimean Tatar minority population.