Pandemic Impacting Freedom, Democracy In Some Nations, New Report Examining 192 Countries Shows

NPR: Report: The Pandemic Is Not Good For Freedom And Democracy. But There Are Exceptions
“The pandemic has had a chilling effect on freedom around the globe, according to a new report from Freedom House, a nonpartisan group that advocates for democracy and whose founders include Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie. … Certain countries show how a global health emergency can have far-ranging repercussions on the overall health and well-being of a country — but also how countries can rally and do the right thing. The report, Democracy Under Lockdown: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Struggle for Freedom, was published in October in partnership with the survey firm GQR. Researchers surveyed nearly 400 journalists, activists, and other experts in governance and democracy from March to September to find out how the pandemic is affecting freedom in 192 countries…” (Gharib, 11/10).

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