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Freedom of the Press, Freedom House's annual assessment of media freedom in 195 countries and territories, will be formally released on Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. EST in advance of World Press Freedom Day.

The agreement that created Zimbabwe's national unity government was an imperfect but necessary compromise to keep the country from becoming "another Somalia," said Tendai Biti, the country's new finance minister.

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti will provide an inside look at how the country's new national unity government aims to address the country's significant challenges at an event in Washington on Monday, April 27.

Eight human rights groups and a prominent Russian activist are urging Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to ensure that business executives Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev receive a fair second trial that upholds their human rights.

Serious human rights violations in Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia undermine their candidacies for the May 12, 2009 election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a global coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) said in a letter released today.

Freedom House welcomes Russia's decision to end its decade-long "counter-terrorism operation" against separatist rebels in Chechnya, but is concerned that human rights abuses and repression will worsen as Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov further consolidates his power in the southern republic.

Freedom House is deeply concerned by reports that an Iranian judge has charged Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi with spying for the United States and calls for her immediate release.

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