Things I’ve learnt from the media recently:
If a specialist professional commentator – a journalist, academic, or someone like that – wants to say something, then that’s free speech and debate, and everyone should pay attention to their opinion.
If people who aren’t specialist professional commentators want to say what they think about those professional commentators, or voice their opinion about whether or not they want to hear from them, or have a conversation about which venues might be suitable for certain speakers, that’s not free speech or engaging in debate, that’s dangerous censorship and a threat to our freedoms.
If working-class people who aren’t specialist professional commentators get arrested for saying the wrong thing in the wrong place, or if they get jailed for protesting and then launch a hunger strike… well, that’s not a free speech issue, that’s not even really a news story worth reporting on much. Free speech is about a few specialist professionals having the freedom to say what they want wherever they want, if ordinary working-class people get jailed for protesting in the wrong place that’s just the way things are.