Freedom House is not an independent watchdog

Concerning your article of March 21 entitled “Freedom House condemns dissident detentions in Cuba,” you really should get your facts straight about the organization you describe as “an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.”

In fact, the London-based Financial Times has reported that Freedom House is one of several organizations selected by the U.S. State Department to receive funding for clandestine activities inside Iran. Some of its members were recently held by the Egyptian government for illegally transferring money received from the U.S. government to research the economy and the military of the country and send the information back to the U.S.

In 2004, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul charged that Freedom House had used U.S. government money in the Ukraine to support the candidacy of a particular presidential candidate favored by the U.S. There have been allegations that Freedom House is a U.S. foreign policy instrument linked to the CIA. MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky has charged that Freedom House “has long served as a virtual propaganda arm of the (U.S) government and international right wing.”

In 1979 Freedom House declared fair the election of apartheid president Ian Smith in Rhodesia and did the same during the 1980s for the elections of the right wing government in El Salvador that at the time was using death squads to murder its own citizens and to intimidate voters.

The list of undemocratic Freedom House activities in supposed support of democracy goes on and on. The point is that you have misrepresented the organization in your last paragraph by using what reads like its own public relations press release.
Steven A. Roman
San Antonio de Belén

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