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Global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, according to a Freedom House report released today. The decline was driven in part by major regression in several Middle Eastern states, including Egypt, Libya, and Jordan; marked setbacks in Turkey, Ukraine, and a number of countries in East Africa; and deterioration in the relatively open media environment of the United States.

Свобода прессы в мире упала до самого низкого уровня за последнее десятилетие, говорится в докладе Freedom House, опубликованном сегодня. Снижение было частично вызвано серьезным регрессом в нескольких ближневосточных государствах, включая Египет, Ливию и Иорданию; отмечено ухудшение ситуации в Турции, Украине, а также в ряде стран Восточной Африки; а также ухудшение ситуации в относительно открытой информационной среде Соединенных Штатов.

Freedom House mourns the death of influential Egyptian blogger Bassem Sabry, who died after falling from a balcony in unexplained circumstances in Cairo on April 29.  Sabry was an important voice for political freedoms in Egypt.

Freedom House applauds the ruling of a regional court in Kyrgyzstan to reopen an investigation into allegations that human rights defender Azimjan Askarov was tortured while in detention in 2010.

Freedom House deplores the detention of Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband on April 28 as they were boarding a plane in the Baku airport.

Fair Play Beyond Sports calls attention to the plight of Belarusian citizens and activists as Belarus hosts the Ice Hockey World Championship. To get involved, visit the campaign page.

The ban on April 6 and these latest mass death sentences are reprehensible steps in the military-backed government’s campaign to criminalize the political opposition.

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