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People Are Less Free for the 8th Straight Year, Report Finds

January 26, 2014

Full Article at http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/people_are_less_free_for_the_8th_straight_year_report_finds_20140124

Freedom House has released its annual report on authoritarianism and found that people around the world are less free than they were a year ago.

The NGO has come to the same conclusion eight years in a row.

Here are some takeaways from the 2014 report (which looks back on 2013):

Findings of the 41st edition of Freedom in the World, the oldest, most authoritative report of democracy and human rights, include: 

  •  Fifty-four countries showed overall declines in political rights and civil liberties, compared with 40 that showed gains.
  • For the eighth consecutive year, Freedom in the World recorded more declines in democracy worldwide than gains……

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There were some positive signs for the year: 

  •  Civil liberties improved in Tunisia, the most promising of the Arab Spring countries.
  • Pakistan showed gains due to successful elections and an orderly rotation of power…..

Full Article at http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/people_are_less_free_for_the_8th_straight_year_report_finds_20140124

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