Where Expressing Your Political Views Can Get You Jailed
In recent years, social media and messaging apps have become hugely popular as safe havens for people to express their views without fear of outside interference. The Arab Spring was an obvious example of this but people in many countries with authoritarian regimes are still concerned about openly expressing their political views online.
According to the latest edition of the Reuters Digital News Report, 65 percent of people in Turkey are fearful that expressing their political views could land them in hot water with the country's authorities. Turkey experienced a failed coup two years ago where opponents of President Erdoğan were imprisoned and media freedom was severely curtailed.
Concern is also high in Malaysia where new laws could result in someone peddling fake news getting jailed for up to six years. Even though such concerns are far lower in the United States, nearly a quarter of respondents still said they fear political expression could lead to trouble with the authorities.
This chart shows the share concerned that expressing political views online could cause trouble with authorities.
The Statista "Chart of the Day", made available
under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0, may be used
and displayed without charge by all commercial and
non-commercial websites. Use is, however, only permitted with
proper attribution to Statista. When publishing one of these graphics,
please include a backlink to the respective infographic URL.
The Statista "Chart of the Day" currently focuses
on two sectors: "Media and Technology", updated
daily and featuring the latest statistics from the media,
internet, telecommunications and consumer electronics
industries; and "Economy and Society", which
current data from the United States and around the
world relating to economic and political issues as well as
sports and entertainment.
For individual content and infographics in your Corporate Design,
please visit our agency website
Any more questions?
Get in touch with us quickly and easily. We are happy to help!