Free Kiwis! podcast: Jacob Mchangama on the global history of free speech

Dr Michael Johnston
Dr James Kierstead
Free Kiwis! Podcast
2 November, 2022

Hailed as the “first freedom,” free speech is the bedrock of democracy. But it is a challenging principle, subject to erosion in times of upheaval. Today, in democracies and authoritarian states around the world, it is on the retreat.

Michael Johnston and James Kierstead sat down with Danish free speech advocate, Jacob Mchangama, to discuss his book Free Speech – A History from Socrates to Social Media.


Free Kiwis! is a podcast focussing on freedom and free speech in a New Zealand context, hosted by two Wellington-based academics, Drs. Michael Johnston (VUW Education) and James Kierstead (VUW Classics). Michael and James are also both Fellows at The New Zealand Initiative.

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