In response to the conviction of pro-democracy protesters Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong, Freedom House issued the following statement.

In response to the murder in Kyiv of Pavel Sheremet, an award-winning independent journalist, Freedom House issued the following statement:

Seven SABC journalists and one contracted freelance journalist were fired between July 18-19 for protesting an SABC management decision not to report on violent protests.

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Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Credit: UN Women. 

Lynn Fredriksson
July 28, 2016

Greater international attention could help deter vote rigging and repression in this typically stable country.

Citizens' Perception Toward Civil Society: Ethiopia

The environment for civil society in Ethiopia is among the most restrictive in the world. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has overseen a continuous crackdown on opposition, independent media, and civil society. As the EPRDF marks 25 years in power, civil society groups struggle to maintain operations and keep their doors open.

On July 19, 2016 a Brazilian court issued a nationwide ban on the messaging app WhatsApp. 

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