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Freedom of Net report 2019

Freedom of Net report 2019

The Freedom of Net report 2019 titled “The Crisis of Social Media” was released by The Freedom House, an international watchdog. This report recorded an overall decline in global internet freedom status between July 2018 and May 2019.

India obtained an overall score of 55 and was reported to be “partly free”.

Key Points:

  • The report assessed 65 countries and 33 among them showed an overall decline in internet freedom since June 2018. Only 16 countries showed improvements in their internet freedom status. 
  • Some of the countries that showed a decline in internet freedom include Sudan, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
  • Pakistan is with a score of 26, for the ninth consecutive year and was declared as “not free” in terms of freedom status. 
  • China obtained a score of 10 and was adjudged “not free”. Also, China has termed the worst abuser of internet freedom for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Ethiopia recorded the most significant improvement in terms of internet freedom
  • The US had an overall score of 77. The online environment of the US was reported to be free from state censorship and vibrant. However, there was a decline in overall internet freedom in the US for the third straight year. 
  • Countries like Malaysia, Armenia showed positive trends in internet freedom status. Iceland ranked the highest with an overall score of 95. It was recorded as the world’s best protector of internet freedom. The country had no civil or criminal cases registered against the users for online expression.

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