New Release: Freedom in the World 2015, the latest edition of its annual report on political rights and civil liberties in 195 countries around the globe.

The Politburo’s Predicament examines the evolution of the censorship and internal security apparatus under the leadership of Xi Jinping and the overall degree of repression that has increased since Xi rose to power.

Global internet freedom has declined for a fourth consecutive year, according to Freedom on the Net 2014, Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet user rights in 65 countries.

Freedom in the World 2015
China Report: The Politburo's Predicament
Freedom on the Net 2014
Countries & Territories: 45
4 billion people
38% free
Press:
5% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Countries & Territories: 21
410 million people
5% free
Press:
2% free

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

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

Percent computed by population. Population source data.

Freedom House’s Newest Report.

Freedom in the World 2015

New Release: Freedom in the World 2015, the latest edition of its annual report on political rights and civil liberties in 195 countries around the globe.

  • Of the 195 countries assessed, 89 (46 percent) were rated Free, 55 (28 percent) Partly Free, and 51 (26 percent) Not Free.
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  • All but one region had more countries with declines than with gains. Asia-Pacific had an even split.

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Marking three years since the March 22, 2012, coup in Mali, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

In response to Bahrain's continued imprisonment of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Freedom House issued the following statement:

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s violent arrests of more than 10 demonstrators in Goma protesting the detention of pro-democracy activists. 

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the arrest of more than 40 pro-democracy activists by security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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