At the same time, Bulgaria's freedom of the media is placed in the category of "partially free" states.
Turkey registered the biggest decline in freedom across the world in 2018 according to a new report, and its status has been downgraded from "Partly Free" to "Not Free".
Browns to interview ex-Giants coach McAdoo for OC job
If this interview works out, he would be joining a perpetual laughingstock that went 0-16 previous year under Hue Jackson. Whoever takes over will need to mentor either DeShone Kizer or the quarterback whom the Browns grab with the No. 1 pick.
"The extension of a two-year-old state of emergency also signaled the erosion of democratic order in Tunisia".
Democracy does not prevail in a majority of the world according to a recent study.
"Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets - including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law - came under attack around the world", the report found. This year saw the escalation of intolerant democracy worldwide.
Roger Federer admits he expects tougher 2018 after routine Australian Open win
The 2008 Melbourne Park champion, now ranked 48, beat Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-4 in her first Melbourne match in two years. Federer raced to the first set in 26 minutes and claimed the second on his fourth set point as Bedene raised his level.
Freedom House rated 88 countries as "free", 58 as "partly free" and 49 as "not free" in 2017. Saudi Arabia was near the bottom with 7 while its regional rival Iran was on 17.
With 30 points out of a possible 100, Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) is also ranked partly-free, as was Georgia in Armenia's north.
Sharp democratic declines in Tunisia in 2017 threatened the only Free country in the Arab world and the sole success story from the 2011 Arab Spring.
Pope arrives in Chile to bolster battered Church credibility
He is scheduled to hold Mass the following day at a park in Santiago before an expected crowd of more than 500,000. On Wednesday, he heads to the southern city of Temuco, a centre of Chile's Mapuche indigenous population.
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".