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The government should immediately reopen Twitter and recognize that free, unhindered space for debate is essential in Turkey as it is anywhere else.

Today’s action should send a strong signal to Mr. Putin and his circle that there are costs to their egregious actions in Ukraine.

Freedom House warmly congratulates Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar on winning the European Press Prize in recognition of his brave defense of media freedom as the ombudsman of Sabah newspaper, where he strongly criticized the paper's coverage of the Gezi Park protests.

Russia’s flagrant censorship in blocking access to several independent online news and social media outlets is both unprecedented in post-Soviet Russia and a clear violation of free speech and freedom of the press, Freedom House said today.


In its latest budget request, the Obama administration continues its pivot towards the East Asia and Pacific region with increased funding, proposes decreased funding for Latin America and Eurasia, and continues a policy of uneven support for democratic transitions in the Middle East.



In the face of new, sophisticated restrictions, frontline human rights activists are unprepared for the security challenges they face, while donors and international support groups struggle to collaborate effectively and protect and defend human rights, Freedom House concludes in a report issued today.

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Egypt strayed further from the democratic path in the eighth months since the military-backed government took power, according to Freedom House’s Egypt Democracy Compass.

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