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'It got worse': UNC Asheville faculty release annual Political Terror Scale

For almost 40 years, faculty at UNC Asheville have helped in the creation of the annual global Political Terror Scale.  The report measures and codes human rights violations by countries across the globe.Mark Gibney is a professor at UNC Asheville and one of the principal researchers for the report.  He said in general, things got worse in 2020.  He told BPR he didn't believe it was necessarily pandemic related, but had more to do with the protests that followed the police murder of George Floyd in May 2020.  Gibney says there was a worldwide ripple effect from the marches in the United States, which led to more confrontations between demonstrators and police and security forces in other countries.  In particular, Gibney noted countries like Australia, Belgium, France, Peru, and Portugal - which previously had level 1 rankings - saw their political terror scale ratings drop in the past year.

You can hear Mark Gibney's full interview with BPR's Matt Bush above.

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.