Freedom House Failure to Research

Early this morning I stumbled across the new Freedom House #netfreedom report where they claim I am on the government payroll. To read the full report by Freedom House click here.


About Freedom House

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world.

Today, as more than two billion people live under oppressive rule, Freedom House speaks out against the main threats to democracy and empowers citizens to exercise their fundamental rights. We analyze the challenges to freedom; advocate for greater political and civil liberties; and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

Our Mission

Freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed. Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women. We support non-violent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and promote the right of all people to be free.

Our Work

Freedom House acts as a catalyst for freedom through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action. Our research and analysis frames the policy debate in the United States and abroad on the progress and decline of freedom. Leading experts on democracy have called our flagship publication, Freedom in the World, an “essential source” and “indispensable guide” to democracy’s development.

We advocate for U.S. leadership and collaboration with like-minded governments to vigorously oppose dictators and oppression. We amplify the voices of those struggling for freedom in repressive societies and counter authoritarian efforts to weaken international scrutiny of their regimes.

We also empower frontline human rights defenders and civic activists to uphold fundamental rights and to advance democratic change. With Freedom House’s support, these activists expand the boundaries of freedom in repressive societies and hold their governments to account.

It is my fundamental right to express myself, don’t you promote the right of all people to be free? When you “expand freedom” around the world, you must expand it to all, agree or disagree.Two people could look at the same thing and see it differently.

Regardless, I am not surprised and wonder who did their research? Where is the research and analysis you claim? BahrainViews is privately owned and a place where I can express my voice freely, although it may not agree with yours, what happened with the freedom to freely express…

The point raised by Freedom House tying Bahrainviews because “one blogger said so” to the government as a paid PR without even properly researching who the owner of the site is places a huge question mark on Freedom House’s methodology in writing reports in entire countries.

My question to “Freedom” House is , how free are you? You are dedicated to the expansion of freedom, so where is my right to an opinion and why immediately label anyone that disagrees with you as a government paid PR, which I definitely am not. Your report is dangerously damaging individual credibility based on assumptions and misguided research.

If a well respected organisation like this fails to do proper research on countries I wonder how much damage has been done.