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The world’s media is facing significant new pressures and growing dangers in almost every region of the world. Click here to read Karin Karlekar's op-ed.

Respect for political and civil rights has declined globally for eight consecutive years, due in large part to the growing sophistication of modern authoritarian rulers and their initiatives to tighten control on power amid rising public demands for political change.  Click here to read Daniel Calingaert's op-ed for CNN.

In this issue:  Ai Weiwei erased from Shanghai art show, Sina threatened, and popular U.S. TV shows now pulled from Chinese streaming sites.

Over the past decade, global press freedom has experienced an alarming downward spiral. The reasons for the decline are complex, but one of the most important, if least appreciated, factors is a pattern of media ownership that contributes to biased, unprofessional, and in extreme cases propagandistic journalism.

While Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has been promoting himself through a public-relations campaign abroad, he has ratcheted up the suppression of critical voices within his own country. In Freedom House’s recently released report Freedom of the Press 2014, Ecuador was rated Not Free for the second consecutive year. And as the report suggests, the developments over the past year were more disturbing than just a continuing negative trend.

With the decision by Thailand's Constitutional Court to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Freedom House calls for restraint from all sides ahead of upcoming pro-government demonstrations this weekend

While Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has been promoting himself through a public-relations campaign abroad, he has ratcheted up the suppression of critical voices within his own country. In Freedom House’s recently released report Freedom of the Press 2014, Ecuador was rated Not Free for the second consecutive year. And as the report suggests, the developments over the past year were more disturbing than just a continuing negative trend.

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