Freedom Of Expression

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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.
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Venezuela’s crisis threatens nearby democracies

The illegitimate Maduro regime's abetting of illegal activities, like drug and gold trafficking, destroys democracy inside and outside of Venezuela.
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U.S. universities move to protect students from China’s authoritarian reach

U.S. officials and student groups are urging colleges to defend against China's authoritarian reach on campus. Learn about steps some schools are taking.
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Maduro targets journalists and doctors, new report says

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Maduro regime has arbitrarily arrested, detained and tortured anyone who disagrees with his illegitimate government.
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Americans read more, including literature in translation

During the pandemic, when it’s important to think about other people’s perspectives, Americans are reading more translated books.
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Pompeo: ‘The international human rights project is in crisis’

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called on countries to renew their commitment to protecting the human rights of all people.
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U.S. and U.N. stand for universal human rights [video]

On December 10, 1948, the U.N. ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document inspired by U.S. principles of democracy.
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China’s pattern of human rights abuse continues

The Chinese Communist Party continues its campaign of human rights abuse with the detention of journalists and civil rights advocates.
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Report: Iran’s regime answers protests with ‘torture epidemic’

Iran's regime tortured numerous protesters after nationwide demonstrations last year, according to a new report. Learn more about the regime's brutality.