The Renegade Report - Speak Freely
The guest on this episode is advocate and free thinker Mark Oppenheimer. Jonathan and Roman chat to Mark about his recent encounter at Think!Fest in Grahamstown, in which he was silenced and denied his freedom to speak because of his race and purported family background. This attack on free speech is highlighted further in discussion around the deplatforming of Flemming Rose at UCT, the furore over Zapiro cartoons, and the reaction to various paintings of political actors and their genitalia. Mark unpacks the specifics of speech protected by the Constitution and the interpretation thereof, especially in light of the concepts of hate speech versus hurtful speech.