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The latest from Freedom House:

Freedom House released the latest edition of its report, 'Freedom of the Press 2013,' on May 1st. See a selection of key Tweets from our followers on the day of the report release.

Freedom House condemns the intimidation and violence carried out by supporters of both the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalitions ahead of Malaysia’s general elections. As Malaysians prepare to cast their votes on May 5th,  in one of the most closely contested parliamentary elections to date , they do so against a backdrop of escalating intimidation and violence that undermines the peace and stability of the country.

Freedom House is pleased to announce that Viktoria Tyuleneva has joined Freedom House as the director of its Kazakhstan field office. As country director, Tyuleneva will lead Freedom House’s USAID project “Kazakhstan’s Strengthened Respect for Human Rights,” which supports civil society efforts to promote human rights through cooperation with the government of Kazakhstan, and human rights training for youth around the country.

In the latest act of increasing state repression, Swazi police rounded up and detained the five leaders of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) without any legal basis or court order supporting their actions. Freedom House calls once again on the government of the Kingdom of Swaziland to end these attacks on the constitutional rights of its citizens  and to allow civil society groups to associate and assemble peacefully.

Freedom House lanzó hoy su encuesta anual Libertad en la Prensa 2013, la cual muestra por quinto año consecutivo importantes descensos en la situación de libertad de prensa en América Latina.

Each year at this time, Freedom House issues a report on the state of global media freedom. The overall findings for 2012 were bleak: Just 14 percent of the world's population lives in societies that enjoy vibrant coverage of public affairs, a legal environment that undergirds a free press, and freedom from intrusion by the government or other political forces.  The countries profiled are members of an ignoble club -- the 10 most serious violators of press freedom in the world.

طبقاً لم ورد فى تقرير مؤسسة بيت الحرية  " تقرير حرية الصحافة" الذى صدر اليوم ، انخفضت نسبة سكان العالم الذين يعيشون في ظل صحافة حرة تماما إلى أدنى مستوى لها على مدى عشرة سنوات. وقد لوحظ التدهور العام الذى لحق بحرية الصحافة العالمية فى دول مثل مالى  واليونان  وزيادة القيود المفروضة على الصحافة فى امريكا اللاتينية . وتفاوتت القيود المفروضة على حرية الصحافة فى الشرق الاوسط وشمال افريقيا , حيث احتفظت كلا من تونس وليبيا بالمكاسب التى حققوها فى عام 2011 فى الوقت الذى شهدت فيه مصر تدهوراً كبير.

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