Freedom of Expression
Free speech and expression is the lifeblood of democracy, facilitating open debate, the proper consideration of diverse interests and perspectives, and the negotiation and compromise necessary for consensual policy decisions. Efforts to suppress nonviolent expression, far from ensuring peace and stability, can allow unseen problems to fester and erupt in far more dangerous forms.  
Featured Analysis:
The Internationalization of Universities and the Repression of Academic Freedom
SPECIAL REPORT July 6, 2020
Democratic Backsliding in Tunisia: The Case for Renewed International Attention
POLICY BRIEF February 18, 2018
China's New Leaders Refine Internet Control
SPECIAL REPORT February 17, 2013
Featured Program: Strengthening Freedom of Expression in Turkey
Turkey remains one of most challenging places in the European region to exercise one’s right to free speech and expression. Freedom House works to strengthen respect for freedom of expression in Turkey in partnership with a local organization, the Media and Law Studies Association. To learn more, visit our Europe program page. 
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Freedom House in the Media:
Myanmar is Experiencing a Digital-Age Coup – Tech Companies Must Push Back
February 23, 2021
I Was Sanctioned by China
August 11, 2020
U.S. democracy and human rights leaders sanctioned by China vow not to be cowed into silence
August 10, 2020
News & Perspectives:
Russia: President Biden Should Hold Putin Regime Accountable for Authoritarian Abuses
PRESS RELEASE June 15, 2021
Egypt: NGOs Call on Authorities to End Crackdown on Freedoms
ADVOCACY LETTER June 1, 2021
Cuba: Authorities Must Immediately Release Artist and Activist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara
PRESS RELEASE May 26, 2021
The Gutting of Hong Kong’s Public Broadcaster
PERSPECTIVES May 26, 2021
Belarus: Freedom House Condemns Hijacking of Commercial Plane to Arrest Journalist
PRESS RELEASE May 24, 2021
Cuba: Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara bajo asedio de autoridades en su sexto día de huelga de hambre en San Isidro
JOINT STATEMENT April 30, 2021
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Research Director, Europe & Eurasia
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