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This report has been prepared on the basis of a survey conducted on 50 thousand people from 33 countries. The survey was conducted in February this year.
- Survey – 50 thousand people from 33 countries were surveyed
- People appear more enthusiastic for freedom of speech in Indonesia
Most people in countries such as Kenya, Tunisia and Nigeria believe that they have too much freedom of speech. This has been claimed in the report of Danish think tank ‘Justicia’. This report has been prepared on the basis of a survey conducted on 50 thousand people from 33 countries. The survey was conducted in February this year.
According to the report, the researchers asked people whether insults to the national flag, offensive comments on minority groups or religious beliefs should be allowed. To this the people of Kenya, Tunisia and Nigeria said that there is no need for more freedom of expression. The highest 82% of people surveyed in Kenya said that they do not want much freedom of expression. The government should be able to stop such statements of people which target minorities.
The report said Islamic “movements” in Tunisia and Nigeria have gained momentum over the past decade. That’s why people are apprehensive about the freedom of speech. Ethnic conflict has increased in Kenya and Nigeria over the past two decades. Citizens of these countries may fear that free speech may lead to increased violence. So they are not supporting more freedom of expression.
While Kenya, Tunisia and Nigeria have got the same rights as Japan or Israel. But the people of these three countries reject freedom of speech as much as the people of Egypt or Turkey. The report stressed that Egypt and Turkey have tighter sanctions. Belief and sectarianism can be big reasons for this. However, there is not enough data to fully prove this.
People oppose free speech regardless of government in Muslim countries
Most of the people surveyed in Muslim-majority countries said, “We have very little support for free speech. Especially when it comes to objectionable remarks about religion. According to the survey, free speech is opposed in Muslim countries regardless of the government.
People in authoritarian regimes such as Egypt, Turkey and Russia said they do not support freedoms that the government does not support. In the democratic country Indonesia, people were more enthusiastic about freedom of speech. The report claimed that people in both rich and poor countries often give up civil liberties if security is at risk.