Political freedom and faith in democracy have been in decline around the world since 2004, says Freedom House in a study. The Economist, in its analysis of the report, says more countries are interested in the Chinese model of economic growth while stifling dissent and maintaining one-party rule.
In the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel is free, while Morocco, Kuwait, and Lebanon are classified as "partly free," according to the study. Turkey is classified as "partly free." In sub-Saharan Africa, only South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Benin, Ghana, and Mali are free. In North and South America, the biggest countries are free, but Cuba is "not free," and Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay are "partly free." In Western, Central and Eastern Europe, most countries are classified as free, but the former Soviet Union has shifted from "partially free" to "not free." In Central Asia, Mongolia, India, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan are classified as free, while Pakistan, Thailand, Kashmir, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, and New Guinea are partially free.Overview.