Coronavirus having unhealthy effect on global online freedoms, survey warns

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Add the state of online political freedom worldwide to the list of things that are not looking so healthy since the coronavirus pandemic arrived earlier this year.

A new report this month from Freedom House, a Washington-based human rights advocacy organization, is warning that internet users around the world are experiencing a “dismal” deterioration of their personal rights as regimes crack down on free speech and online dissent.

The report, which also ranked each country on its internet freedoms, found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led many governments to crack down on digital rights, instituting heightened surveillance practices and additional monitoring with the global health crisis as their excuse.