Internet freedom declined throughout the world, report says2014-12-09 10:07 by Daniela
Freedom House has published its "Freedom On The Net 2014" annual report dedicated to Internet freedom around the world. It covers the time frame between May 2013 and May 2014, and rates the level of Internet and digital-media freedom in 65 countries, giving a score from 0 for the most free to 100 for the least free.
The main conclusion of the report is that overall Internet Freedom around the world has declined during this period. Repressive laws, government surveillance and regulatory controls over online communication are pointed out as main factors for the decline.
Iran, Syria, and China got the worst scores in the survey. The United States was the sixth-best country for Internet freedom, after Germany. Russia and Turkey registered the steepest declines in Internet freedom, compared with the previous year. Only two of the covered countries are ranked as free: Georgia, with 26 points; and Armenia, with 28 points.
"There is definitely a sense that the Internet offered this real alternative to traditional media and then government started playing catch-up a little bit," Madeline Earp, a research analyst at Freedom House said. "If a regime has developed laws and practices over time that limit what the traditional media can do, there's that moment of recognition: 'How can we apply what we learned in the traditional media world online?'".
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