Internet freedom around the world declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2015

Washington – October 28, 2015 — Internet freedom around the world declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools, according to Freedom on the Net 2015, released today by Freedom House.
At the same time, encryption and anonymity tools crucial to securing freedom of expression were subject to restrictions worldwide.
The study found that over 61 percent of all internet users live in countries where criticism of the government, military or ruling family has been subject to censorship online, and over 58 percent live in countries where bloggers or ICT users were jailed for sharing content on political, social, and religious issues.
To view the summary of findings, see the report here