Free Speech History Podcast

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Free Speech History Podcast
Special Edition - A conversation with Professor David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur 

Oct 28, 2019

In this special edition of Clear And Present Danger we leave the past and jump into the present for a discussion on how international human rights standards are relevant to the burning question of where to draw the limits of free speech online". With... Read more

Oct 18, 2019

Faced with bloody terrorism democratic Europe has often reacted with tough measures. The UK Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act of 2019 criminalizes expressing an opinion that is “supportive” of a proscribed organization if done in a way... Read more

Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 32 - Policing opinion in the French Revolution with Charles Walton 

Sep 28, 2019

On Aug. 26, 1789, France’s National Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Article 11 of the Declaration proclaimed: The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man.... Read more

Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 31 - The Old Regime 

Sep 12, 2019

In Nov. 2018, French President Emanuel Macron declared war on “offensive and hateful content” on the internet. Subsequently, France adopted strict laws against both online hate speech and fake news, which is thought to threaten France’s liberal... Read more

Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 30 - Northern Lights, The Scandinavian Press Freedom Breakthrough 

Aug 23, 2019

In the 1760s and 1770s, Sweden and Denmark-Norway shortly became the epicenter of press freedom protections in Enlightenment Europe.  In 1766, the Swedish Diet passed the Press Freedom Act, making Sweden the first country in the world to provide... Read more