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57 nations in the world aren’t ‘free,’ says to international watchdog

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Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization, releases its Freedom in the World report each year to compare the political and social conditions citizens face in countries and territories across the world.

Each country’s score is calculated considering a number of factors and assigned a number out of 100, ranking each entity from “free,” “partly free,” to “not free.”

The United States is considered free with a score of 86/100, ranking behind 51 out of the 87 “free” countries that scored up to 100/100.

The countries counted as “not free” are those that fail to hold valid elections, don’t have active independent media, and do not endow their citizens with basic civil rights.

Here are the 56 countries the Freedom House report says are “not free,” and why.

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