The first thing whistleblowers learn upon blowing the whistle is that speech is not really free. Freedom of speech depends on what you say. The truths that expose corruption come with a price. Whistleblowers pay that price.
Freedom of speech has been discussed more in recent times as a result of three unrelated issues:
the Israel Folau case;
the ‘Review of Freedom of Speech in Australian Universities’ by former Chief Justice Robert French; and
the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on offices of journalists involved in the “2017 Afghan Files” stories.
These issues are unrelated but are connected. They all relate to how freely we can speak.