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A Grim Reality for Internet Freedom in Asia
November 10, 2018

A Grim Reality for Internet Freedom in Asia

By Allie Funk
The region is a driving force behind annual declines at the global level.

Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan
April 11, 2018

Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Three states in Central Asia marked declines in the 2018 Nations in Transit report; but Uzbekistan logged its first improvement since 2005.
Beware Duterte’s Troll Army in the Philippines
November 18, 2017

Beware Duterte’s Troll Army in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
A recent report deepens concerns around the administration’s distortion of online information.

Nations in Transit: Populism and Broken Promises
April 04, 2017

Nations in Transit: Populism and Broken Promises

By Catherine Putz
The annual report again catalogs the decline of democracy across the former Soviet Union.

Tajikistan Battered With Criticism, But US Waives Sanctions
April 21, 2016

Tajikistan Battered With Criticism, But US Waives Sanctions

By Catherine Putz
Annual report season has been harsh on Dushanbe, but don't expect policy changes in Washington.

Central Asia: Nations (No Longer) in Transit
April 13, 2016

Central Asia: Nations (No Longer) in Transit

By Catherine Putz
Freedom House’s annual report marks 12 years of democratic declines.

Central Asia Fails on Rights and Corruption
January 28, 2016

Central Asia Fails on Rights and Corruption

By Catherine Putz
Reports released this week have no good news about combating corruption or addressing human rights issues in Central Asia
Nuance Needed: Is Tajikistan Unstable?
December 17, 2015

Nuance Needed: Is Tajikistan Unstable?

By Catherine Putz
Are crackdowns the thrashings of a weak state or the calculated moves of a regime carefully consolidating its power?

Tajikistan's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
December 16, 2015

Tajikistan's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

By Catherine Putz
Human rights advocates and opposition figures tell a dark story of descent into crisis.

Sri Lanka Moves in the Right Direction on Internet Freedom
October 29, 2015

Sri Lanka Moves in the Right Direction on Internet Freedom

By Taylor Dibbert
Sri Lanka’s new government moves in the right direction on internet freedom, although concerns about surveillance technologies persist.

Bad News About Democracy in Central Asia
June 24, 2015

Bad News About Democracy in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The region's rankings can't get much lower and no one expects them to get better, either.
What Press Freedom in Eurasia?
April 29, 2015

What Press Freedom in Eurasia?

By Catherine Putz
Every year is a bad year for press freedom across the former Soviet Union. Last year was no different.

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