One Big Thing: Did freedom decline around the world last year?
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Freedom House released their annual Freedom in the World Report which detailed a huge drop in human freedoms and civil liberties around the world. Authoritarian regimes benefitted from the COVID-19 pandemic by oppressive freedom of speech, assembly and representation. Freedom of personal expression faced its biggest decline since 2012 as authoritarians cut off access to many social media platforms under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also outlined the weakening of press freedom as media outlets around the world were restricted and forced to compete with an unprecedented amount of misinformation. This has led to a global decline in public trust of the media – a core tenant of democracy.
Check out the full report HERE
See a country by country analysis HERE
Read about freedoms in the United States HERE
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