The Unfree World

Freedom House’s 2011 list highlights an ongoing democratic decline.

On January 13, 2011, Freedom House released its findings from the latest edition of Freedom in the World, the annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. According to the survey’s findings, 2010 was the fifth consecutive year in which global freedom suffered a decline—the longest period of setbacks for freedom in the nearly 40-year history of the report. The latest survey hightlights the increasing truculence of the world’s most powerful authoritarian regimes, which has coincided with a growing inability or unwillingness on the part of the world’s democracies to meet the authoritarian challenge.

Foreign Policy’s Photo Essay highlights this year’s most important findings. Check it out. 

(First published in www.foreignpolicy.com on January 12, 2011)

Take a look at the 2011 Map of Freedom and Table of Independent Countries published by Freedom House.


Rita January 29, 2011 - 12:41 am

Looking at the pictures really makes me think freedom is relative. I think even in the more “free” countries we’re seeing a bit of our freedom squashed. Something as simple as bringing bottled water beyond the airport security lines, or in the future potentially simply walking out of the airport after your flight has arrived home without security clearance maybe in danger. Suppose, those are small prices to pay for, “freedom”.

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