Stanford Publius Symposium with Jacob Mchangama: Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media

On April 23, 2024, Jacob Mchangama gave the Publius Lecture at Stanford University Law School. 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. In […]

Inside Sources: Jacob Mchangama: Changing U.S. Free Speech Regulation is Not What it is Chalked Up to Be

Is free speech truly hindering us, or is it one of our most vital democratic safeguards? There is growing pessimism towards the First Amendment and a call to mimic European-style speech regulations. But Jacob Mchangama from The Future of Free Speech warns that this could open the door to disturbing censorship. This debate strikes at […]

Roots of Reality Podcast: Global Free Speech with Jacob Mchangama

In this Roots of Reality Experiences episode, historian Ben Baumann talks with free speech expert Jacob Mchangama about the history of free speech globally, the complexities of free speech in the age of the internet, and the threats against free speech today. Listen: Roots of Reality · #123 Global Free Speech with Jacob Mchangama Watch:

Conversations with Coleman: The History of Free Speech with Jacob Mchangama

Jacob Mchangama and Coleman Hughes discuss his brilliant new book: Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media. They talk about the Danish cartoon controversy and Charlie Hebdo. They also discuss the so-called “Milton’s curse”; which is the habit of hypocritically defending free speech for some, but not for others. Coleman thinks this point […]

The Michael Shermer Show: Jacob Mchangama on Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media

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. In Free Speech, Jacob Mchangama traces the riveting legal, political, and cultural history of this idea. Through […]

Global Digital Foundation: Jacob Mchangama and the History of Hate-Speech Laws

Paul MacDonnell talks with Jacob Mchangama about the post-WWII history of attempts to constrain hateful speech and what it means for current policy. Jacob is a lawyer, human-rights advocate, social commentator, and director and founder of Justitia, a Copenhagen-based think-tank dedicated to protecting free expression.

BBC: Has Covid rolled back democratic rights?

Once democratic freedoms are snatched away, can they be clawed back? David Kaye – Professor of law, University of California, Irvine; former UN Special Rapporteur on protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Jacob Mchangama – founder and executive director of the Danish freedom of speech organisation, Justifia; host Clear and Present Danger: a history of free […]