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Report: Governments target critics during COVID-19

Authoritarian governments are using the COVID-19 pandemic to justify restrictions on speech and punishments against critics, Human Rights Watch says.
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Honoring corruption fighters around the world

The U.S. is honoring a dozen people for fighting corruption. Read about the recipients of the inaugural International Anticorruption Champions Award.
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U.S. moves to protect investors from China’s firms

The U.S. is aiming to stop China's long-standing efforts to block accurate financial disclosures. Learn how the U.S. is seeking to protect investors.
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U.S. leads in fight against transnational corruption

The OECD published a report that praised the U.S. for fighting corruption around the world. Read more about how the U.S. combats foreign bribery.
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Rights groups call for independent investigation of Iran’s atrocities

Human rights groups are calling for an independent inquiry into violence against Iranian protesters. Read more about calls for transparency in Iran.
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As fraudulent election nears, Maduro cracks down on journalists

In the past six weeks, the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela has detained more journalists and editors for publishing and investigating the truth.
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Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

The Foreign Aid Explorer, a free, comprehensive, interactive database, helps users see what the United States spends on foreign aid.
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China’s officials step up online attacks

Chinese Communist Party officials are spreading misinformation online to evade blame for the regime's coronavirus response and human rights abuses.
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Why is the Chinese Communist Party afraid of ghosts?

The Chinese Communist Party bans movies about ghosts and time travel as part of a censorship regime that stifles criticism.