Turkey witnessed sharpest decline in freedom: 2018 Freedom Report

Trump fueling global assault on democracy report says

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Out of these countries, 87 (45 percent) were ranked "free, ' 59 (30 percent) as 'partly free" and 49 (25 percent) as 'not free'.

Political rights and civil liberties in the United States have experienced the fastest deterioration in decades under the administration of President Donald Trump, according to a new Freedom House report on the state of freedom and democracy in the world. "On a 100-point scale that takes into account many factors, Ukraine scored 62 points", the report says.

The reasons Freedom House listed for China's continued low score across the board and drop this year included Xi's lack of appointing a successor at the CCP's 19th Party Congress in October, escalating internet censorship and surveillance, the ongoing crackdown on civil society, and the death of imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo.

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In Serbia, Freedom House concludes that the tolerance of European Union leaders toward President Aleksandar Vucic's "authoritarian tendencies allowed him to further sideline the opposition and undermine what remains of the country's independent media".

As for political and civil freedoms, the country got 3 out of 7 points. "Democracy's basic tenets - including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law - are under siege around the world". It explained that the status change was due to political rights and civil liberties seeing a sharp decline attributed to "a deeply flawed constitutional referendum that centralized power in the presidency".

It reports that 2017 marked the 12th consecutive decline in global freedom.

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"The prosecution of journalists and closure of media outlets continues".

The group says there was a decline in democratic rights in Tanzania.

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