Jacob Mchangama paints a dystopian picture of life without freedom of speech, in which governments, institutions and tech giants do away with citizens’ ability to think and speak freely. Based on real examples of laws and regulations over the last 20 years, he argues that free speech is too often taken for granted. He writes that free speech still serves as the bulwark of liberty, the foundation of democracy, equality, autonomy – even the pursuit of truth. It is up to each of us to defend free speech as a principle to be upheld universally, rather than a prop to be selectively invoked for narrow, tribalist point-scoring.
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