Since taking office a year ago, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has openly targeted Poland’s basic democratic institutions.
Media and internet controls tightened in China during 2016, even as government censorship and propaganda tactics expanded beyond the country’s borders.
In this issue: Beijing’s top censorship priorities in 2016, incarceration rates for activist minorities and journalists, and China’s tightening grip on WeChat.
Law and Justice has run amok with its parliamentary majority, but the people are pushing back.
Respect for political and civil rights has declined for 10 straight years, as Freedom House has documented. This decline has occurred most sharply in the areas of free expression, rule of law, and freedom of association.