The World's Most Repressive Societies
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Each year, Freedomhouse.org publishes a Freedom in the World report, which categorizes countries as free, partly free, or not free. The countries below were deemed not free.
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Repressive societies are defined as exerting pervasive state control over daily life, banning free speech, independent organizations, and political opposition, and practicing severe human rights violations. Source: Freedom in the World, 2012, published by Freedom House.