Support for the view that people should be able to say what they want without government censorship rose between 2015 and 2019 in most countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center. The biggest increase was in Turkey, where support jumped 22 percentage points. Israel and India experienced declines. (Hungary was polled in 2016.)

Source: Richard Wike and Shannon Schumacher, “Democratic Rights Popular Globally but Commitment to Them Not Always Strong,” Pew Research Center, Feb. 27, 2020, https://tinyurl.com/y9yjlhm4

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Country Percentage Who Say Free Speech is Very Important in 2015 Percentage Who Say Free Speech is Very Important in 2019 Percentage Change From 2015 to 2019
Turkey 43% 65% +22%
France 67% 83% +16%
Hungary 74% 87% +13%
United Kingdom 57% 68% +11%
Argentina 77% 87% +10%
Mexico 65% 73% +8%
Indonesia 29% 37% +8%
United States 71% 77% +6%
Philippines 50% 56% +6%
Israel 58% 51% -7%
India 44% 32% -12%

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