Topic archives: free speech

Is this the most repressive government in our history?

February 2, 2018 33

The controversy over its foreign donation and foreign interference proposals confirms that this "Liberal" government is the most authoritarian in decades.

Razer: easily flattered journos lap up Bret Stephens’ free speech, free market dross

September 28, 2017 11

Last Saturday, US journalist Bret Stephens brought his blandishments to local media in a nice American accent. Helen Razer was not impressed.

Rundle: schoolyard reactionaries cheapen free speech

September 20, 2017 10

More tired attacks on universities and cheap tit-for-tat undermine the integrity of free speech in Australia.

Razer on Greenwald: journalism should be incisive, not amiable

August 21, 2017 13

Helen Razer sits down with Glenn Greenwald to reflect upon the role of journalism, and resistance, in an era where writing is often seen as an exercise in branding.

Matthewson: don’t give homophobes a platform in marriage ‘debate’

August 11, 2017 9

If you wouldn’t uncritically air the views of anti-vaxxers or climate change conspiracists, you should avoid lending credibility to those who would demonise gays or reframe marriage equality as an attack on free speech.

Public servant social media policy unenforceable, possibly unconstitutional

August 7, 2017 5

The new Turnbull government social media policy has been criticised as an attack of freedom of speech. But does it breach the constituion?

Helen Razer will not be silenced

July 18, 2017 19

Just because people say you are wrong does not mean you are right.

Abbott takes on Western civilisation, loses

May 4, 2017 26

If Tony Abbott and the free speech crowd really believe free speech is the primary human right, then let's see them do something serious to protect it.

Abdel-Magied Anzac furore indicates a dark turn in the culture wars

May 3, 2017 12

The trouble is that these contentless outrages are lit up in a society whose main problem now is a lack of shared meaning.

Press freedom is under attack, while ‘free speech champions’ twiddle their thumbs

May 3, 2017

The champions of press freedom need to do more than cloak themselves in glib phrases, writes MEAA CEO Paul Murphy.