FREEDOM HOUSE LAUNCHES 2007 WORLD REPORT
"Freedom in the World 2007", which surveys political rights and civil liberties (including freedom of expression) in 194 countries and territories, indicates that a "freedom stagnation" may be developing worldwide.
The report counted 90 countries it considered "free", 58 countries "partly free" and 45 countries "not free."
Freedom House considers a "free" country to be one where there is broad scope for open political competition, a climate of respect for civil liberties, significant independent civic life, and independent media.
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