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.