Guest Appearances

If you want to hear or see more from our host Jacob Mchangama, you can explore some of his appearances in other shows or events that deal with some of the same issues as Clear and Present Danger - A History of Free Speech.

Find that pod: Interview with Jacob Mchangama of Clear and Present Danger

Jacob Mchangama is the founder and executive director of Justitia, a think tank focusing on human rights. He also happens to be the host and creator of Clear and Present Danger, a podcast about the history of free speech which I featured in  Edition #52 of the newsletter. Jacob is a fascinating figure and has dedicated much of his professional career to this topic. His answers in this interview lay an interesting story behind his inspiration for this fantastic podcast.

Here’s my interview with Jacob Mchangama.

Read the full interview here.

The Spiked Podcast: We need to talk about grooming gangs

October 26, 2018

Grooming gangs, blasphemy laws and swearing bans -- Tom Slater, Ella Whelan, Fraser Myers and Jacob Mchangama discuss.

So to Speak:"How censorship crosses borders with Jacob Mchangama"

listen to Jacob Mchangmas guest appearance in FIREs (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) podcast So to Speak.

In the episode of So to Speak, they chat with director Jacob Mchangama. He is the founder and CEO of the Danish think tank Justitia, a visiting fellow at FIRE, and host of Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech.

Mchangama is also the author of the lead essay for the Cato Institute’sJune Cato Unbound online debate on the topic of “how censorship crosses borders.”

The conversation focuses on the origins of Mchangama’s interest in free speech issues, the 2005 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, the history of free speech, and the critiques of his Cato Unbound essay.

FIRE Student Network Summer Conference 2018

A conversation w/ Jacob Mchangama, Host of 'Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech" podcast.

Keynote speaker Jacob Mchangama addresses students at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Student Network Summer Conference 2018.

Jacob is a Danish lawyer, human-rights expert, and social commentator who is the founder and director of Justitia, a Copenhagen think tank focusing on human rights and the rule of law.


A conversation w/ Jacob Mchangama, Host of 'Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech" podcast.

- Pronouncing Mchangama
- A Bit of Free Speech History
- Cartoon Jihad
- Panic and Crisis
- Culture and Legislation
- A Filthy Joke
- 'The Great Awokening'
- An Abrupt Ending



What Europe Can Teach the United States about Free Speech

After three decades of constant gains, global respect for free speech has been in decline since 2004. In the recent past even Europe’s liberal democracies have contributed to the decline by adopting increasingly restrictive measures in the name of national security, the countering of hate speech, and, most recently, standing against “fake news.” Does Europe’s model of “militant democracy” offer promising lessons for embattled democracies or a dangerous abandonment of first principles? Should the United States follow the European lead or remain true to its exceptional protection for extreme and disturbing speech? Please join us for a candid and intriguing discussion of issues that have once again put freedom of speech on the agenda of developed nations.

Watch the video below of listen to the audio on Cato Event Podcast.


What Europe Can Teach the United States about Free Speech

In this Cato Unbound lead essay, Jacob Mchangama describes what he terms a “cross-fertilization of censorship,” in which regimes both free and unfree are in the process of copying one another’s restrictions on expressive freedoms. More liberal countries still frequently restrict hate speech, while less liberal ones use those restrictions to justify still more restrictive acts. The world’s centuries-long march toward freedom of expression seems to have halted. Can it be restarted?

Read the full lead essay in Cato Unbound