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Freedom House welcomes the announcement by the Burmese Government that it has ended pre-publication censorship and views it as another positive step in opening up the space for free expression.

by Arch Puddington and Morgan Huston*

The Reverend Leon H. Sullivan is remembered today as one of the most respected leaders of the American civil rights movement. For many decades, he served as pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, a northern city with a reputation for hostility to racial change. From early on, Sullivan identified lack of economic opportunity as a crucial element of racial inequality. Thus among his first campaigns was an economic boycott directed at major corporations in Philadelphia that refused to interview young black job applicants. “Selective patronage,” Sullivan called it.

Freedom House is alarmed by the clashes between South African police and demonstrating miners that resulted in 34 dead and 78 injured and calls for thorough investigation into what appears to be a disproportional use of force against civilians. 

Do you have a plan to challenge restrictions on the Internet in your region or country? Apply to the IGF Incubator Project by September 15, for the chance to attend the 2012 Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and receive funding if your project is selected as one of the top finalists.

The closure of a satellite channel in Jordan which aired views critical of royal officials is the latest in a series of moves by the government to muzzle its increasingly vocal critics.

Freedom House condemns the conviction of Pussy Riot, the punk rock protest group known for creatively demonstrating against the Putin regime in Russia.

The news that the government of Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has quite properly triggered numerous commentaries on the irony—or better yet, hypocrisy—of Assange seeking help from Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa, one of the world’s leading adversaries of press freedom. Assange made his bid for asylum after the British authorities agreed to deport him to Sweden, where he has been charged with sexually assaulting two women.

We've included in this blog post a shortened version of the Ecuador chapter from Freedom of the Press 2012, which covers the year 2011.

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