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The Freedom of Thought Report is made freely available for use by all on this website.

You can read the introductory and interpretive material at:

See the Country Index for all country chapters in the Online Edition.

In addition we make available a “Key Countries” edition to download. This may be useful if you particularly want to read the introductory material in PDF form, or to print copies locally. The Key Countries Edition contains only a small number of select countries. We do not produce a PDF of the entire contents of the Online Edition which would run to several hundred pages.

Download the 2019 Key Countries edition (PDF)

Errata: the PDF link above was made available on launch day: 13 November 2019. The rankings in this PDF differ slightly from earlier previews and the official printed copies. This is due to a small number of late additions which affected the base score for four countries, with a knock-on affect to the rank of other countries.

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Open data

The boundary conditions applied to each country, as well as “blasphemy” and “apostasy” laws status and ranking calculations, are available in our Open Data. Note that the statuses are derived from the detailed considerations in the narrative report for each country, for which see the full Country Index.

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