Freedom House honored Maina Kiai with the Freedom Award and Rep. Frank Wolf with the Leadership Award at its Annual Awards Dinner on October 1. Former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky gave the night's keynote address.

Since 2004, Hong Kong has declined 9 points on Freedom House's Freedom of the Press infographic. An infographic looks at press freedom over the past decade in Hong Kong.

A certain group of countries want greater control over how the internet is run globally. As it turns out, they tend to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to censoring the web and arresting users for their online activities.

Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, according to a report released by Freedom House in advance of the Internet Governance Forum.
 

Freedom House Honors Maina Kiai, Rep. Frank Wolf at Annual Awards Dinner
Hong Kong Press Freedom At Decade Low
Who Should Govern the Internet?
The Struggle for the Internet in Turkey
Countries & Territories: 45
3.9 billion people
38% free
Press:
5% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 44
614 million people
86% free
Press:
66% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 21
405 million people
2% free
Press:
2% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 50
925 million people
12% free
Press:
3% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 36
953 million people
71% free
Press:
38% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 17
286 million people
0% free
Press:
0% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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In response to the Chechen Supreme Court’s decision to reduce Ruslan Kutayev’s four-year sentence by two months rather than overturn his conviction, Freedom House issued the following statement.

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As authorities in Burkina Faso declared a national state of emergency, after demonstrators set fire to Parliament and other government buildings and gunfire by police and troops killed at least one

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A gunman’s October 22 attack inside Canada’s House of Parliament and the killing of a Canadian Forces soldier at Canada’s National War Memorial constitute an assault against Canada’s democracy and its promotion of democracy around the world. 

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In response to President Ilham Aliyev announcing the pardon and release of four of nearly 100 human rights activists and opposition figures imprisoned and facing charges in Azerbaijan, Freedom Hous

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October 29, 2014



With activists and journalists facing harsh new restrictions in countries from China to Egypt, there are growing signs that authoritarian regimes have begun to abandon the quasi-democratic camouflage that allowed them to survive and prosper in the post–Cold War world. 

In response to the brief re-convening of the trial of seven bloggers and three journalists in Addis Ababa on October 15, Freedom House issued the following statement:

In a letter released today, nine leading human rights organizations urged President Obama to take up the Chinese government’s crackdown on civil society as a barrier to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 12, 2014.

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