The number of people worldwide with access to free and independent media declined to its lowest level in over a decade, according a Freedom House study released today. The report, Freedom of the Press 2011: A Global Survey of Media Independence, found that a number of key countries—including Egypt, Honduras, Hungary, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and Ukraine—experienced significant declines, producing a global landscape in which only one in six people live in countries with a press that is designated Free. Among the report’s major findings.
Freedom House commends the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for passing a resolution today at a special session on Syria calling for an investigation of human rights abuses in that country, including the deaths of hundreds of Syrian civilians at the hands of the government.
One year into Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency, Ukraine has experienced a disturbing decline in democratic practices and human rights that, if unchecked, threatens a return to the authoritarianism of the country’s pre-Orange Revolution period, according to a special report -- Sounding the Alarm: Protecting Democracy in Ukraine -- released today by Freedom House.
Freedom House strongly condemns the crackdown on journalists and blocking of access to social media sites by the Ugandan government during recent unrest. Ugandan authorities should use restraint against protesters and ensure the rights of journalists, and all Ugandan citizens, to freedom of expression.
Freedom House calls for decisive international action to prevent further brutality by the al-Assad regime against the Syrian people, including special sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council and Security Council passage of tough sanctions against the regime.
Cyberattacks, politically motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure are among the diverse and growing threats to internet freedom, according to Freedom on the Net 2011: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media,a new study released today by Freedom House.
Freedom House is deeply concerned about the deaths of four detainees in Bahrain in recent days and urges the government to investigate torture allegations and to cease its campaign of repression against Shiites and other dissenting voices.