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Freedom House World Report: Where did Freedom Decline and Advance in 2018?

In total, 68 countries lost points in their democracy score in 2018, according to the annual Freedom House report. These outnumbered the 50 countries that achieved net gains. In total, 86 (44%) out of a total 195 countries received a “Free” rating, while 59 (30%) were rated “Partly Free,” and 50 (26%) scored “Not Free.” Hungary and Serbia dropped from “Free” to “Partly Free” while Nicaragua dropped from “Partly Free” to “Not Free.” The 13 lowest-scoring countries in 2018 include Syria, South Sudan, Eritrea, Turkmenistan, North Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Central African Republic, and Libya. 

Source: NEW REPORT: Freedom in the World 2019, featuring Special Release on United States | Freedom House

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