Mark Latham losing his AFR column because an advertiser thought his abusive tweets and articles weren't worth being associated with isn't actually a freedom of speech issue.
Nope, not even close to it.
Do you know why?
Because freedom of speech DOES NOT MEAN YOU'RE ENTITLED TO A GODS DAMNED NEWSPAPER COLUMN!!
No one is stopping Latho from spouting his particular brand of down home "outer suburban dad" brand of putresence.
Hell, all he has to do to get back up and running is go and setup a wordpress account and he can be back emptying his bile duct on the internet along with the rest of us who don't get cushy newspaper jobs because we managed to completely screw over our political career in a most spectacular way
Hey, he could setup a Patreon account and everyone who wants to can support him directly, either monthly sub, or a per flatulence rate.
This whole thing reeks of a massive sense of entitlement, both with Latho himself and his media supporters. Bolt, Devine and others who have lept to his defence all push this idea that any move to expose writers to consequences arising from their rantings is some sort of mortal offense against democracy and freedom. Of course, while they do this, they demand the scalps of anyone who dares to write abusive rants against their own positions.
Oh and as I've been reminded, Australia doesn't actually have Freedom of Speech as they do in the US.