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WATCH: How Authoritarianism Has Spread Since The Coronavirus Pandemic Began

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — According to pro-democracy institutions, authoritarianism was on the rise globally even before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

But experts say the distraction of the crisis has allowed some leaders to indulge their dictatorial impulses without attracting much attention from the people they govern.

NewsHour’s Nick Schifrin reports and talks to The Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum about this dangerous global dynamic.