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Governments are using the pandemic as an excuse to restrict internet freedom

A report by think tank Freedom House warned that the US's standing as a global leader for internet freedom is increasingly under threat.
by Charlotte Jee

The news: Global internet freedom has declined for the 10th year in a row as governments use the coronavirus pandemic as cover to restrict people’s rights, according to a report by the think tank Freedom House. Its researchers assessed 65 countries, accounting for 87% of internet users worldwide. The report covers the period from June 2019 to May 2020, but some key changes took place when the pandemic struck.  

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