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Freedom House assessment puts U.S. in bottom half of free countries

Added 03-03-21 01:22:01am EST - “Freedom declined in the U.S. and around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in less than 20% of the world's population living in a free country, according to Freedom House's annual assessment of political rights and…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Freedom assessment puts U.S. in bottom half of free countries, headed downward”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Freedom House's annual assessment shows less than 20% of world's population living in free country

Freedom declined in the U.S. and around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in less than 20% of the world’s population living in a free country, according to Freedom House’s annual assessment of political rights and civil liberties released Wednesday.

The smallest share of the world’s population since 1995 is living in a free country, and three-quarters live in countries where freedom is falling, said Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, a nonprofit that advocates for democracy and human rights.

The U.S. scored an 83 on Freedom House’s 100-point system, which assesses countries on a 40-point scale for political rights and a 60-point scale for civil liberties. The U.S. fell three points from last year and dropped 11 points in the past decade.

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