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Andrew Kenyon

Who, What, Why and How: Questions For Positive Free Speech and Media Systems

What state of affairs is required for speech to be free? Responding to that inquiry can involve many things. But my interest here follows from asking what could make the goals of free speech appear plausible. Those goals seem to require more than the lack of specific limitations on speech; they require diversity. The state of affairs of which I am thinking can be captured in the idea of ‘positive’ free speech—as well as the absence of censorship free speech involves the presence of multiple diverse voices. A host of questions follow, which I outline by exploring the ‘who, what, why and how’ of positive free speech. The aim is to sketch some signposts and orientations for developing ideas about positive free speech. Adding questions about ‘where and when’ to the analysis could also suggest developments that could be made in research on comparative media systems.

Biography

Andrew T Kenyon, a.kenyon@unimelb.edu.au, Professor and Joint-Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne. He researches in comparative media law, including defamation, free speech, privacy, copyright and media policy, drawing on a wide range of social, cultural and political research as well as law. He has formerly served as Deputy Dean of the Melbourne Law School Law and, in 2015, has been a visiting law professor at the University of British Columbia and a Shimizu Visiting Professor in Law at the London School of Economics.


Publications include:
- ‘Assuming Free Speech’ (2014) 77 Modern Law Review 379-408 --- DOI 10.1111/1468-2230.12071
- ‘Free-Media-Speech: Free Speech and Public Media’ (2014) 10 International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 155-162 --- DOI 10.1386/macp.10.2.155_1
- ‘What Conversation? Free Speech and Defamation Law’ (2010) 73 Modern Law Review 697-720 --- DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2010.00815.x

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