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Freedom House is appalled by the arrests of 20 Turkish journalists during police raids December 20, and calls for their immediate release. Among those arrested were journalist Sevinç Tuncelli from the pro-Kurdish DiHA, Çağdaş Ulus from Vatan and Mustafa Özer from Agence France Presse.

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The violent crackdown against protesters in Cairo over the weekend is another clear indication of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’s (SCAF) mishandling of the transition to democracy in Egypt.

The murder of Gadzhimurad Kamalov, founder of Chernovik, a leading independent newspaper and long-time government critic in the Republic of Dagestan underscores the extremely perilous environment for journalists

Freedom House is appalled by the sentencing of Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad to two years in prison and calls for his immediate release.

The prison sentences handed down to two Egyptian journalists for allegedly invading the privacy of a religious leader who charged money for religious guidance is a violation of freedom of expression and casts a pall over Egypt’s transition to democracy.

The sentencing on December 8 of Thai-born American citizen, Lerpong Wichaikhammat , “Joe Gordon”, to two and a half years in prison for defaming the monarchy is a clear violation of freedom of expression and a worrisome indicator of the Thai government is neglecting its human rights agenda.

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Freedom House applauds Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her remarks highlighting gay rights in honor of Human Rights Day.

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Freedom House condemns the arrest of Syrian-American activist and blogger Razan Ghazzawi December 3 while on her way to a media freedom conference in Amman, Jordan and calls for her immediate release.

The situation for human rights activists in Mexico remains grave as evidenced by the murder of Nepomuceno Moreno, who was shot to death while crossing the street in Hemosillo, Mexico.

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The fatal stabbing of Azerbaijani journalist Rafig Taghi is a blow to press freedom and the latest in a series of troubling events that underscore the worsening human rights situation in Azerbaijan.

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