Illustration with film scenes in background and Juraj Jánošík and roll of film unwinding in the foreground (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The historic film made by Slovak American immigrants

"Jánošík," which premiered in 1921, was one of the first feature-length films. It was made by two Slovak American brothers.
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On 8888 anniversary, U.S. honors Burma’s push for democracy

The August 8, 1988, uprising continues to inspire calls for democracy in Burma. The United States has long supported Burma's democratic aspirations.
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Regimes target free press with ‘economic strangulation,’ report says

Authoritarian regimes are using economic pressure and legal hurdles to shutter newspapers and stifle press freedom, says Reporters Without Borders.
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Defending technology from authoritarian abuse

The U.S. is working with international partners to ensure the responsible development of technology and to prevent authoritarian misuse.
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U.S., international partners support Burma’s path to democracy [rolling updates]

The United States and partner nations support the Burmese people's calls for democracy. Learn more about efforts to deter human rights violations in Burma.
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Democratic partners condemn crackdown in Belarus

The United States and partner nations have sanctioned Belarusian officials in an effort to deter the regime's human rights violations.
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Biden defends democratic values in talks with Russian President Putin

President Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva to discuss areas of cooperation and disagreement between the two countries.
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The dire cost of Burma’s internet shutdown [infographic]

Burma's military has blocked the internet to stymie calls for democracy. Learn more about the far-reaching effects of denying the right to information.
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U.S. defends religious freedom, a universal right

The State Department's Report on International Religious Freedom tracks assaults on the right to worship. Learn how the U.S. defends religious freedom.