Freedom House released its Nations In Transit report for 2012.
And things don’t look good for civic and press freedoms in central and eastern Europe.
The failure of virtually any of the countries of Eurasia to shed old governance habits and end monopolies on political and economic power has been one of the greatest disappointments of the past two decades. Regimes in countries as diverse as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, and Uzbekistan have taken steps—some brutal, others more subtle—to adapt to new circumstances and maintain power.
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The change in independent media is pretty disturbing:
↓ 5 declines: Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Tajikistan, Ukraine
↑ 3 improvements: Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Slovakia
This is in addition to the authoritarian regimes in Russia, Belarus and all the “-stans.”
Overall, not good news for democracy or free press.