Global freedom drops sharply in 2023, study says

February 29, 2024

In its annual report, the US-funded pro-democracy advocacy and research group switched classifications for two countries, downgrading Ecuador from free to partly free and upgrading Thailand from not free to partly free. "This isn't, I would say, a full-scale victory for democracy or freedom and Thailand," Gorokhovskaia said. The biggest improvement on Freedom House's 100-point scale was posted by Fiji, which gained seven points. Fiji, listed as partly free, held a tense election in December 2022 in which voters ousted Frank Bainimarama, who had led the Pacific archipelago since staging a bloodless coup in 2006. Since the election, Fiji has made important progress including by reducing censorship and amending voter registration laws to improve women's participation, Gorokhovskaia said.