The U.S. has come out top in the list of countries that are most accepting of free speech.
A study carried out by the Pew Research Centre found the countries where people were most tolerant of speech that is offensive or fell contrary to their own beliefs.
Participants in the U.S. were most likely to accept statements offensive to their own religious beliefs and were the most supportive of free press.
The study judged a country’s acceptance of free speech presenting them with a number of statements, including speech offensive minority groups, statements calling for violent protests and sexually explicit statements.
People were then asked if they thought people should be allowed to say these sorts of things freely or whether the government should have the power to prevent them from doing so.
These are the ten countries where free speech is tolerated the most.
1. The United States of America
America is the country that most supports freedom of speech, tolerating offensive speech and accepting statements contrary to their opinions and religious beliefs . (Getty)
9. South Africa
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