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In advance of the first visit by a United States Secretary of State to Burma in 50 years, Freedom House urges Secretary Hillary Clinton to seize this critical moment and push for greater human rights and democratic reforms in the country.

Freedom House condemns yesterday’s sentencing of Ales Bialiatski, prominent Belarusian human rights defender and head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna,” to 4.5 years in prison on politically motivated charges and calls for his immediate release.

Freedom House, a member of the International Partnership Group on Freedom of Expression in Macedonia, urges the government of Macedonia to take steps to improve the deteriorating situation for free speech and media freedom in the country.

Freedom House deplores the violent attacks on demonstrators in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square that have left more than 30 people dead. The violence is an appalling demonstration of the extent to which Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has mismanaged the transition to democracy. Freedom House calls on the SCAF to listen to the demand of thousands of Egyptians for an immediate transfer of authority to a national unity government fully empowered to conduct transparent elections.

South Africa’s passage today of a draconian Protection of Information Bill is a worrying step backward for press freedom in a country often seen as a model for the continent. The bill, opposed by all opposition parties in the National Assembly and harshly criticized by free expression advocates worldwide, will greatly hinder access to information by allowing the government to classify any information as secret and establishing harsh penalties of up to 25 years in jail for whistleblowers.

Hungary’s new model of media regulation is creating a chilling effect and undermining freedom of expression said an international partnership mission comprised of leading press freedom and media development organizations today.

Freedom House is concerned by draft legislation introduced in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) to restrict foreign funding for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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