Freedom in the World 2009

1 12 2009

URL: http://freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=21&year=2009. Source: Freedom House.

This report examines the state of freedom in 193 countries and 16 strategic territories, assigning each a status of Free, Partly Free or Not Free. The country reports provide a detailed explanation for each country’s status, covering topics such as electoral process, governance, women’s rights, media independence and basic freedoms such as expression, religion and association. The reports also feature a timeline that shows a country’s progress over the last decade. The reports act as a supplemental to the Freedom in the World scores, which Freedom House released in early January along with an overview that briefly explained the key trends observed in 2008, the calendar year examined by the study. The findings indicated a third consecutive year of democratic decline worldwide, with significant reversals in Sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union and gains in South Asia.

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