Mumbrella360 video: Do we really want free speech?

In the lead-up to Mumbrella360 on June 7-9, we revisit highlights from last year’s event.

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Do We Really Want Free Speech?

Some of Australia’s most respected writers, editors and press authorities weigh in on the issue of free speech. What is it? Does the Australian media enjoy it? Do the rules differ between media? And should it rein in as much as it liberates?

Panel guests: Bruce Belsham, head of current affairs, ABC; Jason Morrison, media commentator; Darren Goodsir, editor in chief, Sydney Morning Herald & The Sun-Herald; David Weisbrot, chairman, Australian Press Council.


  • 0:00 Introduction by Paul Merrill, editor in chief, real life weeklies, Bauer Media: what is free speech?
  • 3:00 Do we have a right to be bigoted?
  • 5:30 Self censorship vs self regulation – the role of the editor
  • 7:30 The Andrew Bolt 18C incident and Human Rights Legislation
  • 15:00 It’s not the soft stuff we’re here to defend
  • 18:00 Racial vilification vs defamation
  • 20:49 The Charlie Hebdo incident: sliding scales of racism
  • 25:00 Speaking on behalf of yourself or your employer
  • 28:00 The SBS ANZAC Day tweet incident – the sacking of Scott McIntyre
  • 31:00 Talking out of turn: is it a HR issue?
  • 36:30 The ASIO Act and the meta data retention act
  • 38:00 Telstra and the fight to access your own data
  • 43:50 Audience questions

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