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Freedom of Speech?

28/09/2011

Andrew Bolt was found guilty of contravening section 18c of the racial discrimination act. Some right wing commentators have come out to make the audacious statement that freedom of speech is dead.

Bullshit.

As is typical with some, it is easier to make an absurd statement without looking at the judgement.  I point out the reason the judge made his statement. 

30. Finally, in dealing with the formulation of the orders to be made by the Court, I have observed that it is important that nothing in the orders I make should suggest that it is unlawful for a publication to deal with racial identification, including by challenging the genuineness of the identification of a group of people. I have not found Mr Bolt and the Herald & Weekly Times to have contravened section 18C, simply because the newspaper articles dealt with subject matter of that kind. I have found a contravention of the Racial Discrimination Act because of the manner in which that subject matter was dealt with.

Andrew Bolt had every right to press his case. Just not in the manner he went about it. The judgment is is NOT a breach of freedom of speech. It is a reinforcement of it.

With great power comes great responsibility.

No. Not him!

Voltaire

Him.

To infer that breaching racial discrimination is important so you can practice free speech is wrong. The judge thinks you can say what you want without doing so. As Ella said.

It aint what your do, its the way that you do it.

A. Ghebranious  2011  (All Rights Reserved)

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3 Comments
  1. Andrew Bolt had every right to press his case. Just not in the manner he went about it. The judgment is is NOT a breach of freedom of speech. It is an reinforcement of it.

    It’s your position that this is not a matter of freedom of speech because it’s not about what Bolt said but how he said it? Freedom of speech within parameters of style and tone…

    • That seems to be the judgement. That and facts.

  2. Jennifer Baratta permalink

    well said Ash although what he said might have something else to do it

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