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The 57 nations in the world that aren't 'free,' according to an international watchdog

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  Though freedom can seem difficult to capture in concrete
  terms, international human rights watchdog group Freedom House
  seeks to do just that each year.
  
  The organization's annual "Freedom in the World" report
  considers a number of social and political factors facing
  citizens in countries across the world.
  
  The countries and territories that are called "not free"
  often include oppressive conditions, including lack of fair
  elections, crackdowns on freedoms of expression, and repressive
  political regimes.
  
  
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  Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization, releases its
  Freedom in the World report
  each year to compare the political and social conditions citizens
  face in countries and territories across the world.

  Each country's score is calculated considering a number of
  factors and assigned a number out of 100, ranking each entity
  from "free," "partly free," to "not free."

  The United States is considered free with a score of 86/100, ranking behind
  51 out of the 87 "free"
  countries that scored up to 100/100. 

  The countries counted as "not free" are those that fail to hold
  valid elections, don't have active independent media, and do not
  endow their citizens with basic civil rights.

  Here are the 56 countries the Freedom House report says are "not
  free," and why.

  • Though freedom can seem difficult to capture in concrete terms, international human rights watchdog group Freedom House seeks to do just that each year.
  • The organization's annual "Freedom in the World" report considers a number of social and political factors facing citizens in countries across the world.
  • The countries and territories that are called "not free" often include oppressive conditions, including lack of fair elections, crackdowns on freedoms of expression, and repressive political regimes.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization, releases its Freedom in the World report each year to compare the political and social conditions citizens face in countries and territories across the world.

Each country's score is calculated considering a number of factors and assigned a number out of 100, ranking each entity from "free," "partly free," to "not free."

The United States is considered free with a score of 86/100, ranking behind 51 out of the 87 "free" countries that scored up to 100/100.

The countries counted as "not free" are those that fail to hold valid elections, don't have active independent media, and do not endow their citizens with basic civil rights.

Here are the 56 countries the Freedom House report says are "not free," and why.

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