Who Cares About Free Speech – Media Coverage

Economist – In some countries, people think they have too much freedom of speech Foreign Policy – People Want Free Speech—for Themselves Politico – BY THE NUMBERS — MEASURING SUPPORT FOR FREE SPEECH Bhaskar News (India) – दि इकॉनॉमिस्ट से विशेष अनुबंध के तहत:डेनमार्क के थिंक टैंक ‘जस्टीशिया’ की रिपोर्ट में दावा; केन्या, ट्यूनीशिया के लोग […]

Politico: By the numbers — measuring support for free speech

The Justitia Free Speech Index maps attitudes towards hot button issues such as regulation of social media, tolerance of “fake news”, hate speech and blasphemy. The Danish think tank’s research found that people in some countries think they have too much freedom. Justita’s Jacob Mchangama emails that there’s “strong support for uncensored free speech in the abstract,” but when […]

The Economist: In some countries, people think they have too much freedom of speech

WESTERNERS TEND to regard freedom of speech as a universal good. However, a forthcoming report by Justitia, a Danish think-tank, demonstrates that public support for freedom of expression varies widely among countries, just as legal restraints on speech do. In many countries, particularly authoritarian regimes, people say they want fewer controls. But perhaps surprisingly, in […]

Swissinfo: How can social media be made social again?

Social media platforms have become indispensable channels for public debate, and yet they are now rarely seen as an out-and-out benefit to democracy. Rather, they are more likely to be seen as transmitting fake news, conspiracy theories and hate. Fears are also growing that private tech companies are exercising too much power over – and […]

BBC: Has Covid rolled back democratic rights?

Once democratic freedoms are snatched away, can they be clawed back? David Kaye – Professor of law, University of California, Irvine; former UN Special Rapporteur on protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Jacob Mchangama – founder and executive director of the Danish freedom of speech organisation, Justifia; host Clear and Present Danger: a history of free […]

The Economist: Censorious governments are abusing “fake news” laws

… Even as free-speech campaigners in rich democracies offer support to those fighting censorship in poorer, less free places, their own governments are providing the would-be censors with cover, even inspiration. Germany’s Network Enforcement Law (Netzdg), passed in 2017, is meant to protect readers from fake news and hate speech by requiring social-media platforms to […]