Freedom House reduces Turkey's status to 'not free' in annual report

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has carried out a widespread crackdown in the wake of a failed 2016 coup
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Read alsoUkraine requires anticorruption garbage collectors to submit e-declarations - Freedom HouseAt the same time, it is reported that the government made progress in crafting and implementing a number of reforms during the year, including changes to the healthcare and education systems, as well as measures created to empower local and regional administrations.

Freedom House says the numerical ratings and status listed above do not reflect conditions in Crimea, which is examined in a separate report.

The report also criticised Mr Erdogan for sacking elected mayors and replacing them with political allies and for "arbitrary prosecutions of rights activists and other perceived enemies of the state". At the same time, Bulgaria's freedom of the media is placed in the category of "partially free" states.

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"Democracy is facing its most serious crisis in decades", Freedom House President Michael Abramowitz said.

Demonstrating on a year of strengthening of authoritarian leaders grappling democracies and a whetted turn in the policies and eloquence of United States leadership independent, unprofitable freedom house assessed 88 countries as unimpeded 58 as "partly free" and 49 as "not free" in 2017.

The report says 2017 was the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom, with 71 countries "suffering net declines in political rights and civil liberties".

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In Serbia, Freedom House concludes that the tolerance of European Union leaders toward President Aleksandar Vucic's "authoritarian tendencies allowed him to further sideline the opposition and undermine what remains of the country's independent media".

Each country and territory is assigned between 0 and 4 points on a series of 25 indicators for an aggregate score of up to 100.

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