Muslim nations place less value on internet freedom
The Pew Research Center has released new data from 38 countries around the world. Residents were asked whether or not it was somewhat or very important that "people can use the internet without state/government censorship in our country."
Consistent with previous analyses that have demonstrated that increasing Muslim proportions of the population correlate with decreasing support for democratic institutions, this more recent data shows that much lower levels of support for internet freedom correlate strongly with increasing percentages of Muslims among a nation's population.
Above a Muslim population of 5 percent, support for internet freedom declines rapidly and continues dropping as the Muslim population increases.
At less than 5 percent Muslim population, the average support for internet freedom is 85 percent. When the Muslim proportion is greater than 50 percent of the total population, on average, the support for internet freedom is less than 60 percent.
The same patterns exist when just the percentage that very strongly supports internet freedom is considered. With less than 5 percent Muslim population, almost 60 percent very strongly support internet freedom. At more than 50 percent Muslim population, this strong level of support for internet freedom is dramatically reduced to only 33 percent.