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Concerns of political expression online India 2019

Freedom of political expression in the online sphere in India seemed to be accompanied by high levels of concern about the possible negative consequences. When asked about the most concerning aspect of expressing political views online, a majority of respondents agreed that they think it might get them into trouble with the authorities. This seemed to be in line with recent events across the country where people had been arrested for posting "anti-national" material on social media.

Concerns over openly expressing political views online in India in 2019

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Sources

Release date

March 2019

Region

India

Survey time period

January 2019

Number of respondents

1,013 respondents

Special properties

among English speakers with access to the internet who had consumed news in the month preceding the survey period.

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The survey question was- "Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements. I tend to think carefully about expressing my political views openly on the internet because this could get me into trouble with the authorities/ because this could make friends or family think differently about me/ because this could make work colleagues or other acquaintances think differently about me."

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