Civic Space and Activists
Across the globe, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights protects civic space by defending fundamental freedoms—to express dissent, hold leaders accountable, and speak truth to power—on behalf of journalists, opposition groups, and human rights defenders in fragile democracies, including right here in the United States.
Countries with serious civic space restrictions
Rate of impunity for crimes of violence against journalists
44 of 180
U.S. ranking in World Press Freedom Index
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