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A quarter of the countries vying for seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council have dismal human rights records that should disqualify them from membership, according to a new report from Freedom House and UN Watch.

Increased corruption and controls on nongovernmental organizations placed Chad on a list of the world’s most repressive societies for the first time, putting the country on par with China, Zimbabwe and Syria.

A new study from Freedom House, Today's American: How Free?, examines whether Americans are sacrificing essential values in the war on terrorism, and scrutinizes other critical issues such as the political process, criminal justice system, racial inequality and immigration.
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.


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