Press freedom suffered setbacks in a number of important countries in Asia and Africa in 2005, including some that had previously registered improvements, according to a major study released today by Freedom House. The most significant declines occurred in Asia (East Timor, Nepal, the Philippines, and Thailand), Africa (Uganda, Botswana, and Ethiopia), and the former Soviet Union (Russia and Uzbekistan).
Despite overall improvements in press freedom in the Middle East and North Africa over the last several years, the region continues to rank the lowest for press freedoms in the world, according to a major study released today by Freedom House. However, there are a number of countries that are close to an upgrade from Not Free to Partly Free status, if a few key reforms are implemented.
On April 27, 2006, at the Museum Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, the nongovernmental organization and independent think tank Freedom House will hold a roundtable discussion and press conference to share the findings of its annual surveys on political rights and civil liberties.
On Thursday, April 27, 2006, Freedom House will co-host a reception to welcome participants of North Korea Freedom Week and acknowledge the contributions US Congressional leaders, visiting Japanese Parliamentarians, and NGO leaders from the US, Japan, and South Korea have made to the issue of human rights in North Korea.
Freedom House Director of Programs, Paula Schriefer, testified today to the House International Relations Committee's Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia on the state of freedom in Central Asia.