Freedom in the global Internet environment is declining for the fifth year in a row amid increased surveillance and censorship by governments around the world. This was reported by journalists GOLOS.EU with reference to the results of a study by the international non-governmental organization Freedom House.
The annual Freedom House thematic report notes that the decline in Internet freedom is particularly noticeable in the Middle East, compared to some of the improvements since the Arab Spring. In total, freedom of expression on the Internet has declined in 32 of the 65 countries surveyed. At the same time, a "significant reduction" was recorded in Libya, France and Ukraine.
According to the report, 18 countries were assessed in the report as "free", 28 - classified as "partially free" and 19 - as "not free". The leaders among the 65 countries with freedom on the Internet were Iceland, Estonia, Canada, Germany, Australia, the United States and Japan. The worst of Internet freedom in China is even worse than in Syria and Iran.
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Ukraine was identified in the report as a "partially free" country. According to the document, "the confrontation with Russia and the conflict in eastern Ukraine have led to increased attempts at censorship on both sides in an attempt to gain control of the information environment."