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Freedom House welcomes the release of 651 prisoners in Burma, many of whom are high-level political prisoners.

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Freedom House joined 30 civil society and business groups in opposition to amending the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by issuing a public letter to every member of Congress.

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The detention of Belarusian activist Mikita Kavalenka and journalist Alyaksandr Barazenka during a Minsk protest calling for the release of opposition activists is yet another disturbing example of the Lukashenka regime’s attempts to stifle dissent.

Freedom House welcomes Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s announcement to postpone the passage of the Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO) until a consensus is reached between the government and civil society.

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Freedom House condemns the brutal crackdown on peaceful, student-led protests in Khartoum and the arrest of more than 70 people by state security forces.

Freedom House calls for the immediate release of Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, who were found guilty December 21 of “supporting terrorism” and "violating territorial or political sovereignty.”

On December 20, the Hungarian Media Council reassigned the frequencies of three radio stations, removing one of Hungary’s only remaining independent stations, KlubRadio, from the airways. The Media Council’s decision to essentially ban KlubRadio is a major blow to media freedom in Hungary.

Recent attacks, arrests of journalists and attempts to prohibit media coverage during deadly clashes between police and striking oil workers indicate a deteriorating climate for press freedom in Kazakhstan.

The Malaysian Senate’s passage of the Peaceful Assembly Bill on December 20 is an alarming indication of backsliding in freedom of assembly and expression in Malaysia.

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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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