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March 02, 2016

More Democracies Taking Aim at Nonprofits, Campaign Group Says

Western and democratic countries are beginning to mirror authoritarian states in the developing world in seeking to rein in nonprofit advocacy groups that criticize government actions and policies, the leader of a global civil-society alliance tells the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The article cites efforts in India and Israel to restrict foreign funding of critical activist groups and proposed legislation in Britain that would bar charities from spending government grants on lobbying. "Restrictions on free speech are no longer just something that happens in banana republics around the world," Danny Sriskandarajah, head of Civicus, a network of campaign organizations.