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Although it has been described in the Economist as “Africa’s New Number One,” Nigeria has long struggled with problems of poor governance, corruption, religious conflict, and the persecution of vulnerable groups—notably LGBTI people.

Putin has used control of the media in Russia, especially the national television stations, to build up a massive and thoroughly modern propaganda machine.


What do repression and freedom look like? We asked photographers to show us, and received submissions from 20+ countries as part of our third annual photo contest.

In this issue:  New guidelines on freedom of information appeals, Jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti wins U.S. rights award, and search engine censorship on Baidu gets a green light from U.S. judge.

Freedom House is proud to launch freedomhouse/mexico, a Spanish-language subsite that features news, publications, and updates related to Mexico as well as information on Freedom House programs based out of Mexico City.

A few weeks before last Sunday’s elections in Hungary, the government there sent out a fact sheet meant to answer critics who have claimed that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his conservative Fidesz party pushed through a series of constitutional changes with the aim of insulating themselves against electoral defeat.

A Freedom House survey finds that 47 percent of South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 may not vote in national and provincial elections on May 7. 

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