- Jul 21, 2020
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About 8 to 10 years ago didn't a media personality, maybe a radio talk show host, go to jail because he said an illegal political opinion in Australia?
The only talk show host that I remember going to jail was Darryn Hinch :
"In October 2013, Hinch was found guilty of contempt of court for breaching a suppression order by revealing details of the criminal history of Jill Meagher's killer, Adrian Ernest Bayley. The judge gave Hinch 90 days to pay the fine, or else face 50 days in prison. On 16 January 2014, one day prior to the expiration of the 90-day period, Hinch advised that he would not pay the fine 'on principle'. He was imprisoned on 17 January 2014"
We also had a well known politician, Pauline Hanson, go to jail for irregularities over the registration of her political party :
"On 20 August 2003, a jury in the District Court of Queensland convicted Hanson and David Ettridge of electoral fraud. Both Hanson and Ettridge were sentenced to three years imprisonment for falsely claiming that 500 members of the Pauline Hanson Support Movement were members of the political organisation"
Neither case accurately fits your description.
As far as I know, you cannot go to jail in Australia for expressing any kind of opinion.
We do have laws that forbid hate speech of any kind....but only when the speech is made in public.
Australia has a long history of racism, which I hope is long behind us now.