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The latest from Freedom House:

Freedom House marked the 10th anniversary of the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky by recognizing the jailed Russian entrepreneur and activist at a special reception in Washington D.C. on October 22.

Freedom House featured an interactive map installation at the October 20-22 Google Ideas summit Conflict in a Connected World to show the range of methods used by repressive governments to control online content. The installation highlighted various types of internet censorship, such as filtering, physical attacks, and throttling, used in twelve countries throughout the world.

For some time now, democracy promotion has been under concentrated attack from authoritarian sources ranging from Robert Mugabe and Vladimir Putin to the leaders of Venezuela. More recently, criticism has spread to the democratic world, with the United States front and center.

On October 23, 2013, Mexico undergoes  its Universal Periodic Review (UPR), as part of the 17th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UPR is a process developed in 2006 to review the human rights records of all U.N. member states and assess whether they are fulfilling their international human rights obligations and taking steps to address prior recommendations.

Chinese government media controls are increasingly constraining news outlets based outside China. This is the key finding of a report released today, authored by Freedom House research analyst Sarah Cook and published by the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy.

Freedom House is deeply disappointed by Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court’s decision to deny human rights activist Azimjan Askarov a new trial even though he was unlawfully detained and tortured.

Freedom House is concerned by United Nations General Assembly electing Saudi Arabia, Chad, and Nigeria as members of the United Nations Security Council.

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