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Half the world facing freedom of expression crisis

By Ninian Carter

May 22, 2024 - More than half of the world’s population is unable to speak freely, with a sharp rise in recent years due to the deterioration of free speech in India.

More than half of the world’s population is unable to speak freely according to a new report on freedom of expression.

In its new 2024 annual report, advocacy group Article 19 says the share of people facing a crisis of freedom of speech in 2023 was 53% of the population – the worst it’s been for 20 years.

The report’s authors highlight in particular the deterioration in India during the past 10 years, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule, where its classification has risen from “restricted” to “crisis”.

It’s not all gloom and doom, however, with researchers hopeful of improvements in Brazil since Jair Bolsonaro was voted out of power in 2022 – reclassifying the country as “open” after having previously being labelled “restricted”.

PUBLISHED: 22/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News