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Editor of UN-sponsored report on Arab freedom says US has blocked report

[JURIST] The editor of the report on freedom and governance in Arab countries has accused the US of blocking the report's publication due to objections over sections on Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nader Fergani, the editor of the Arab Human Development Report, said the US had threatened to pull its funding from the UN Development Program over the report, a charge the US and UNDP denied. Egypt has also reportedly objected to the report's publication due to its assessment of freedoms in that country. Fergani said the 2004 report may be published under the authors' own names. Read a UNDP statement on the controversy surrounding this year's report. Arab Human Development Reports from previous years are available here. BBC News has more.

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