(TIML NEWS) Global freedom has declined for the 11th consecutive year, according to human rights group Freedom House. The annual Freedom in the World report attributed the decline on growing populism and nationalism in democratic societies, along with greater authoritarianism in other nations.
The report found that 45 percent of the world’s countries could be considered Free. In comparison, 30 percent were rated as Partly Free, and 25 percent Not Free.
Perhaps more worryingly, 67 countries suffered declines in political rights and civil liberties last year. In years past, those declines were largely confined to countries with autocratic leaders or dictators.
However, the report claims in 2016, “it was established democracies — countries rated Free in the report’s ranking system — that dominated the list of countries suffering setbacks.”