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Press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, according to Freedom of the Press 2013, Freedom House's annual assessment of media independence worldwide.

Freedom House condemns the intimidation and violence carried out by supporters of both the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalitions ahead of Malaysia’s general elections. As Malaysians prepare to cast their votes on May 5th,  in one of the most closely contested parliamentary elections to date , they do so against a backdrop of escalating intimidation and violence that undermines the peace and stability of the country.

Freedom House is pleased to announce that Viktoria Tyuleneva has joined Freedom House as the director of its Kazakhstan field office. As country director, Tyuleneva will lead Freedom House’s USAID project “Kazakhstan’s Strengthened Respect for Human Rights,” which supports civil society efforts to promote human rights through cooperation with the government of Kazakhstan, and human rights training for youth around the country.

Freedom House lanzó hoy su encuesta anual Libertad en la Prensa 2013, la cual muestra por quinto año consecutivo importantes descensos en la situación de libertad de prensa en América Latina.

طبقاً لم ورد فى تقرير مؤسسة بيت الحرية  " تقرير حرية الصحافة" الذى صدر اليوم ، انخفضت نسبة سكان العالم الذين يعيشون في ظل صحافة حرة تماما إلى أدنى مستوى لها على مدى عشرة سنوات. وقد لوحظ التدهور العام الذى لحق بحرية الصحافة العالمية فى دول مثل مالى  واليونان  وزيادة القيود المفروضة على الصحافة فى امريكا اللاتينية . وتفاوتت القيود المفروضة على حرية الصحافة فى الشرق الاوسط وشمال افريقيا , حيث احتفظت كلا من تونس وليبيا بالمكاسب التى حققوها فى عام 2011 فى الوقت الذى شهدت فيه مصر تدهوراً كبير.

Freedom House condemns the harsh sentence imposed today on political activist Konstantin Lebedev by a Russian court for allegedly organizing civil unrest during the May 6, 2012 protests in Moscow.  Lebedev, a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a penal colony. He was arrested in October 2012 after a pro-government documentary alleged that he was paid by a Georgian parliamentarian to recruit, train, and coordinate activists for the May 6 events.

On April 18, guests filled the Hillyer Art Space for Freedom House’s Second Annual Photography and Art Auction fundraiser. Thirty photographs and art from more than 20 different countries, including China, Russia, South Sudan, and Syria, were displayed and sold in a silent auction.


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