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Jun. 16th, 2010 | 09:07 pm
mood: lazylackluster

The Freedom in the World 2010 report, published by Freedom House, has finally become available.

I've got to say I'm a bit underwhelmed, though, since instead of the big PDF file I was hoping for that'd contain all the information on individual countries and territories that I'd hoped for, the only thing that seems to have been added to the PDFs already available is a database built mostly around a Flash app that'll allow you to read up on individual countries' assessments in a tiny scrolling textbox in your browser window. I really hope that this is just temporary and that something better will yet come along, although it's better than nothing.

(That said, keep in mind that this is an organization that is in no small part funded by the US-American government and which also quite openly states that its board of trustees is "united in the view that American leadership in international affairs is essential to the causes of human rights and democracy", so as always, take what they're saying with a grain of salt. But that should go without saying for this sort of report, anyway.)

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from: avon_deer
date: Jun. 16th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)

Maybe that came across as slightly paranoid. But it only reflects how angry I was with the whole situation.

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 16th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)

Oh, I'm entirely with you, actually. If the government wants to lock you up, they should be able to give a reason why; anything else is fascism.

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