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 30 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.