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According to a Freedom House report, internet freedom around the world has decreased for the 12th consecutive year.

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According to a Freedom House report, internet freedom around the world has decreased for the 12th consecutive year.

Although some smaller nations are making progress, a crackdown in Russia is to blame for a global deterioration in internet freedom, according to a research released by Freedom House on Tuesday.

In an effort to suppress additional accounts of its “special military operation” in Ukraine, the Kremlin blocked popular social media sites and websites, causing Russia’s rating to fall seven points to an all-time low.

China received the lowest rating for internet freedom once more. The Covid pandemic reaction and the Beijing Winter Olympics were heavily censored, and tennis player Peng Shuai was detained after she claimed on social media that former vice premier Zhang Gaoli had attacked her.

However, the report also found that a record 26 countries have advanced, with major improvements in The Gambia, which is ending a 20-year dictatorship, and the much criticised Zimbabwe, which has advanced with a new data protection law.

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The report’s co-author, Allie Funk, stated that civil society has started to see the results of advocacy efforts all across the world.

According to Funk, research director for technology and democracy at Freedom House, “over the past three to five years, you’ve seen a massive emphasis on human rights online, from democratic governments putting a lot of money into internet freedom programming and tech companies — some of them — starting to pay attention to these issues.”

Internet freedom was “undermined by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, not only in Russia and Ukraine but globally,” she claimed, but overall, things are “really a lot more good than we’ve experienced before.”

On a scale of 100 points, Freedom House rates countries based on factors such restrictions on internet access, content restrictions, and user rights abuses.

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According to the paper, “swing states”—vast countries with conflicting histories like Brazil, India, and Nigeria—will likely decide the future of the internet.

The research stated that “development in these nations may secure the continuation of a free and open internet, or they could join authoritarian states in pushing the more restrictive concept of cyber sovereignty.”

The study discovered safeguards on the internet, such banning  of sites or arrests of internet users, between June 2021 and May in all the 70 countries it studied except four — Canada, Costa Rica, Iceland and Japan.

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James Cameron loves RRR as Alia Bhatt exclaims, “Uffff what a gorgeous morning,” and the movie wins two Critics Choice Awards.

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James Cameron loves RRR as Alia Bhatt exclaims, “Uffff what a gorgeous morning,” and the movie wins two Critics Choice Awards.

James Cameron’s praise of Alia Bhatt’s flick RRR drew a response from her. She responded on Instagram to a tweet from the movie’s official Twitter account, letting people know that an American journalist had said that the Avatar director “admires” the film. The Critics’ Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Song for Naatu Naatu have just been given to RRR.

“Uffff what a gorgeous morning,” Alia commented on Monday morning after sharing the tweet on her Instagram Stories. James Cameron admires RRR, according to a tweet from American journalist Anne Thompson, which was answered by RRR’s Twitter account. @JimCameron, I LOVE YOU. #RRRMovie “RRR wins best foreign film at CCA – every piece of visibility helps get more people to view it,” Anne tweeted. Jim Cameron, who sits across from me at the table, and I introduced ourselves to S.S. Rajamouli.

“Congratulations to the cast and crew of @RRRMovie- winners of the #criticschoice Award for Best Foreign Language Film. #CriticsChoiceAwards,” read a tweet from the Critics Choice Award account.

RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli, received two Critics’ Choice Awards. Following last week’s Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for Naatu Naatu, this marks the movie’s second significant triumph. For the Critics’ Choice Awards, the movie was nominated for five different categories: best picture, best director, best foreign language film, best song for Naatu Naatu, and best visual effects.

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The movie has already made it to the Oscars shortlist for best music (original song) and the BAFTA Feature Awards longlist for “film not in English language.” The movie had the biggest box office performance in India in 2022.

The primary actors in RRR are Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, with Ajay Devgan and Alia Bhatt playing supporting roles. Alia plays a crucial part in the plot as Ram Charan’s childhood sweetheart and friend. The fictional story RRR is based on the experiences of Alluri Seetharama Raju and Komaram Bheem, two Telugu liberation warriors.

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