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Freedom House se encuentra profundamente consternado por la violencia que se ha desatado en las manifestaciones pacíficas de los estudiantes en toda Venezuela este 12 de Febrero, en las que murieron al menos tres personas. Instamos al gobierno de Venezuela que tome acciones inmediatas para restaurar el derecho a protestar pacíficamente y que investigue las muertes ocurridas el pasado miércoles.

February 14, 2014, marks the third anniversary of large public demonstrations calling for democratic reforms in Bahrain, which the monarchy met with excessive force and thousands of arrests.

In this issue:  Liberal media group sells Beijing paper, censors suppress information on Xu Zhiyong trial, Ilham Tohti held incommunicado, and more news.

Robert Herman delivered remarks at an event on Capitol Hill commemorating the third anniversary of the Pearl Revolution in Bahrain.

In the following letter, key members of Congress urge the Administration to take action to secure the release of journalists in Egypt, and call for an end to the crackdown on the media in the country.

Freedom House is pleased to announce the election of Kenneth I. Juster as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees. Juster succeeds William H. Taft, IV, who served as Chair from 2008-2013.

In the following letter, Freedom House joins prominent rights organizations in expressing its concern at the Czech president's upcoming meeting with Uzbekistan's president Islam Karimov, given the repressive nature of Uzbekistan's government.