Freedom House is deeply disturbed by the Kyrgyzstan government's decision to suspend transmission of Radio Azattyk, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Kyrgyz service, until it submits its programs for prior approval.
China's Communist authorities are once again blocking the websites of foreign news media including the Chinese-language versions of the BBC and Voice of America, after a brief period of relative openness surrounding the Olympics in August.
Freedom House praises the courage of 300 Chinese citizens who marked International Human Rights Day by issuing a major political statement calling for China's one-party rule to be replaced with a democratic system that respects human rights.
Freedom House and Human Rights First are urging Uzbek President Islam Abduganievich Karimov to release all human rights defenders in his country as a sign that he is committed to upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Freedom House congratulates Leonard Sussman upon his receipt of the first annual Dana Bullen Press Freedom Advocacy prize, bestowed on champions of press freedom by the World Press Freedom Committee, an international organization representing 45 journalistic groups.