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Freedom House strongly condemns the actions of Russian ultra-nationalist groups who have recently used websites to post open threats against individuals fighting xenophobia and interethnic hatred in Russia.
Political unrest and the heavy-handed use of libel laws led to a new decline in press freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa with almost half of the continent rated Not Free in a new report from Freedom House. Freedom of the Press 2008: A Global Survey of Media Independence ranked Africa just above the Middle East and North Africa, the region with the least amount of press freedom in the world.

Free speech is under attack in the United Kingdom because of a growing practice known as ‘libel tourism,’ according to ARTICLE 19 and Freedom House. The organizations will host an expert panel on the topic Friday in advance of World Press Freedom Day.

Global press freedom underwent a clear decline in 2007, with journalists struggling to work in increasingly hostile environments in almost every region in the world, according to a new survey released today by Freedom House.
Freedom House will host a press conference and panel event to release its new study TODAY’S AMERICAN: How Free? at the National Press Club on May 5. Two legends in journalism—Helen Thomas and Bob Edwards—will appear as guest commentators at the event.
The Southern African Development Community is negligent in responding to Zimbabwe’s crisis and must begin urgent political intervention to stop the violence and resolve the four-week electoral standoff.
Freedom House urges the SADC to use its influence to convince the Zimbabwe Election Commission to release results immediately from the March 29 presidential election.


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