The Invention of Free Speech

September 28, 2017

Freedom of speech

Fara Dabhoiwala explores the origins of freedom of speech, with extracts from key flashpoints in the past.

This three-part BBC radio series on the Invention of Free Speech uses dramatic reconstructions and panel discussions to examine the history of free speech and its ramifications in the present. The first program looks at speech about Religion; the second, Sex; and the last one, Politics. The episodes are freely available online at