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Freedom of Speech and Assembly

 

“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” 

Amendment 1

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Active Indicators

Current status of freedom of speech indicators

Active Indicators Over Time

weighted authoritarian value of active freedom of speech indicators, over time

 

about this category

Americans have never had trouble speaking their mind, and they should continue to do so, in public or private, knowing that their Freedom of Speech and Assembly is protected regardless of their political or personal beliefs.

There are 29 indicators for Freedom of Speech and Assembly. Each indicator has a severity level on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being less severe and 5 being the most severe. We rate activity on each indicator along a scale of 1-10, with 1 being slightly active and 10 being fully active. Updates are made monthly.

The donut graph on the left shows how many indicators are currently active for Freedom of Speech and Assembly. The bar graph on the right shows the “weighted authoritarian value” for Freedom of Speech and Assembly at a given moment—that is, a value that reflects the active indicators multiplied by their severity ranking. You can see the status and severity of each indicator (along with relevant news articles) in the table below, as well as the 90-day trend: if the indicator has recently become active, there's a warning symbol, but if it has become inactive, there's a forward-pointing green arrow instead.

 

INDICATOR

ACTivity

SEVERITY (1-5)

90 DAY TREND






Surrogates sponsored by administration seek to entrap administration's opponents to undermine them.

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4

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USG pursues lawsuits against media outlets.

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4

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Unequal enforcement and structuring of campaign finance rules.

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5

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Tax subsidies (e.g., 501(c)3 status) rescinded for non-profit organizations that espouse views that do not align with administration policies.

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5

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Excessively harsh or unusual punishments for unauthorized activity during demonstrations.

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5

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Demonstrators killed inadvertently by law enforcement.

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4

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Citizen opponents arrested or killed as a result of speech acts.

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5

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Establishment of investigative committees in Congress or a federal commission by the executive to look into “un-American” activities by activist leaders and demonstrators

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5

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Demonstrators killed purposefully (pattern of occurrence or use of force, investigation and condemnation does not occur).

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5

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Legal restrictions imposed on use of recording devices during previously public political meetings.

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4

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Groups of civil servants required to regularly submit electronic devices for ad hoc screenings (excludes lawful investigations, random screenings).

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3

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Demonstration organizers, activist leaders arrested and held indefinitely.

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5

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Large numbers of political opponents (candidates seeking office) arrested and held indefinitely for illegitimate or extra-legal reasons.

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5

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1st Amendment freedoms of speech and assembly "suspended" under emergency powers.

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5

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