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.
 

The most egregious violators of LGBTI people’s human rights are authoritarian states, but even some democracies remain hostile environments for their gay and transgender citizens.

In a meeting with Freedom House President David Kramer and Trustee Diana Negroponte, Mexican Secretary of the Interior Osorio Chong highlighted Freedom House’s critical role in supporting the Mexican government’s Federal Protection Mechanism for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders and...

This year’s event honors Kenyan activist Maina Kiai and Congressman Frank Wolf with keynote remarks provided by former Russian political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, his first address in the United States since his December 2013 release.

Who Should Govern the Internet?
The Struggle for the Internet in Turkey
LGBTI People Face Harsh Laws in Both Free and Unfree Countries
Sec. Chong Praises Freedom House’s Efforts to Protect Freedom of Expression in Mexico
Freedom House Annual Awards Dinner
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.

News & Updates

President Obama's call to arms against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), like his response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, steps up U.S. efforts to curb major threats to U.S. interests. Does it also signal a greater commitment by Obama to stand up for democracy in the world? Probably not. But he should make democracy a priority.

Chad’s decision to introduce draconian penalties against LGBTI persons infringes on basic human rights.

We are concerned at the continuing detention of human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who was arrested on August 30 2014, and we call for her immediate and unconditional release.

The sedition charge against Outsa Mokone and his September 8 arrest make it increasingly clear that freedom of expression is under attack in Botswana, as the government tries to silence journalists.

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Gigi Alford
September 18, 2014



Many governments, particularly authoritarian regimes, are attempting to impose political borders on the global internet, isolating users in repressive countries and impoverishing the web for all.

In light of Vietnam's crackdown against civil society, including the recent sentencing of three prominent activists to lengthy prison terms for advocating on behalf of peasants losing their land, Freedom House calls on the U.S. government and the international community to press the Government of Vietnam to release the activists and meet its human rights obligations under the ICCPR.

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At this critical juncture in determining the future of the internet, the internet governance process can and should be improved. We stress the importance of upholding and strengthening the multistakeholder approach to ensure that the internet remains open, global, secure, and resilient.