News press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power, according to Freedom of the Press 2016, Freedom House’s annual report on media freedom worldwide.

China's National People’s Congress passed the foreign NGO management law, severely limiting the work of foreign NGOs and their local partners.

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea has issued a ban on the Mejlis of the Crimea Tatar People, the single representative body of the Crimean Tatar minority population. 

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to an Egyptian court ruling that non-governmental organizations can receive foreign funding if officials determine the organizations do not undermine public security.

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Photo by: Roman Philip, Kommenstat, Ukrayinska Pravda

Daniel Calingaert
April 28, 2016

A version of this article was published by Ukrayinska Pravda on April 27, 2016. The original article can be found here.

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The migration crisis and wrenching economic problems are threatening both the survival of the European Union and the stability of Eurasia’s entrenched dictatorships, according to Nations in Transit 2016the 21st edition of Freedom House’s annual report on democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Eurasia.

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