In this Issue: Analysis of leaked censorship directives, key 2017 journalism and internet trends, big stories that slipped through censors, and Hong Kong digital media making an impact

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (President, Turkey) and Milos Zeman (President, Czech Republic). Credit: NATO/Flickr.

Michael J. Abramowitz

Democracy’s enemies are gaining strength as the U.S. government disengages from the struggle. 

Freedom House released the following statement following an arson attack on the office of the human rights group Memorial in Ingushetia.

A White House visit by a Central Asian ruler presents an opportunity for renewed U.S. leadership on democracy and human rights.

A lower court has rejected Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruling that the detention of journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan violated their rights.

Iranian authorities have detained more than 2,000 demonstrators, at least three of which have died in custody. 

Myanmar detailed two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, for alleged violation of the Official Secrets Act.

People gather to protest over high cost of living in Tehran, Iran on December 30, 2017. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Dokhi Fassihian

Citizens have long been excluded from policymaking, and they don’t like the results.


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