A Canadian discussion of free speech but with a particular resonance here since the network is the ABC (the Ant Broadcasting Corporation affectionately known as anty). This seems to be a problem across the world in countries that ought to know better but apparently can no longer tolerate free speech, a very dangerous form of intolerance. In Canada it is in some ways worse since the relevant decision was by the Canadian Supreme Court. Details here and here. If even in the great Dominion the Supreme Court can unanimously accept such blanket limits to free speech, there is next to nothing that will protect us from governments that want to place such limitations on our historical rights.
Here in Australia the issue is the role of a government in determining what can and cannot be said by media outlets. You would think the government would have at least a touch of embarrassment in introducing legislation that is so patently and unmistakably self-interested with no other benefit anywhere of any kind other than their desire not to lose the next election which a media allowed to discuss issues not entirely in the way they are discussed by the Ant Broadcasting Corporation is likely to contribute towards. The truth will not serve this government very well at all. The Government therefore wants to limit the ability of the media to report about what they do. How that can be in the national interest, or any other interest but their own, cannot be explained, nor do they try. They just want the media to shut up, unless it is the Ant Broadcasting Corporation, of course.
[Via Small Dead Animals]