On the Vital Necessity of Free Speech (are you listening, Saudis)?
The Montreal Press Club marked the occasion of its 70th anniversary in 2018 by initiating a “Freedom Award” to mark the accomplishments of a single exceptionally courageous individual in the world of journalism. They chose as their first recipient Saudi blogger Raif Badawi (https://www.raifbadawi.org/), who has been tortured and imprisoned for his views by the oh-so-enlightened rulers of that state. I delivered this lecture on free speech on the occasion of the acceptance of the Press Club award by Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, April 26/2018 (video uploaded August 20).
It is an interesting sidenote that the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, which held the event in collaboration with the Press Club, disavowed their support (https://twitter.com/metropolisbleu/status/976201304648355840?lang=en) because of the complaints of one Sean Michaels, as I Tweeted here (https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/984217716344094720?lang=en). Journalist Barbara Kay expressed her opinion about all of that here: https://nationalpost.com/opinion/barbara-kay-another-cultural-institution-succumbs-to-jordan-peterson-hysteria
It’s very unlikely that the Saudis are listening. Tyrants don’t listen.
Additional relevant links:
Free Raif Badawi: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/free.badawi/
Montreal Press Club: http://www.montrealpressclub.com/
Blue Metropolis: http://bluemetropolis.org/
The Post Millenial: https://www.thepostmillennial.com/
Additional relevant links to my work:
12 Rules for Life Tour: Dates, Cities and Venues: https://jordanbpeterson.com/events/