Bernardi moves to protect freedom of speech

September 11, 2018

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi will move tomorrow in the Senate to defend newspaper cartoonists, satire, freedom of speech and the Fourth Estate after vitriolic attacks against Australian cartoonist Mark Knight.

Senator Bernardi will move the following motion in defence of our basic freedoms to express our opinions unfettered by the politically correct police:

Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight came under attack over his cartoon (above) showing Serena Williams throwing a tantrum during the final of the US Open.
The cartoon, published yesterday, has been widely criticised as “racist” and “vile” by The Washington Post, rapper Nicki Minaj,  Australian comedian Eddie Perfect and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

In response to the criticism, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said: “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race.”

Knight defended his cartoon saying the reaction was a, “world gone crazy... It’s a cartoon about poor behaviour. It’s nothing to do with race. I saw the world’s greatest tennis player spit the dummy.”

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