If the Martin Jenkins’ report released today by Massey University is reflective of the quality of thinking at the University, it is little wonder donations and student enrolments to the institution are declining, says the Free Speech Coalition. “We’ve only just received the report, but can immediately identify inaccuracies which call the whole thing into […]Read More →
Responding to an Israeli court order for damage payments from New Zealanders who campaigned to cancel a Lorde concert, Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says: “It is important that overseas threats of prosecution don’t lead to a chilling effect on speech within New Zealand. New Zealanders ought to feel confident that they can […]Read More →
Tertiary Education Union “sad” for not following the leadership of the student unions – Free Speech Coalition
The Free Speech Coalition is labelling the Tertiary Education Union “sad” for not following the leadership of the student unions in expressing no confidence in Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas for her ban of Dr Don Brash from campus and attempts to defund the student group for inviting a speaker she does not agree with. […]Read More →
A challenge to suppress media organisations suggests the Harmful Communications Act may need to be scrapped, says the Free Speech Coalition. Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says, “Sir Ray Avery’s use of cyberbullying laws to attempt to shut down media reports on matters of public interest shows how this well-intended legislation can be weaponised against […]Read More →
The political whims of the National Party must not curtail our right to engage in the most relevant topics of our age, says the Free Speech Coalition, which is calling on National MP Michael Woodhouse to reconsider his comments to the media earlier today. “The subject of our allies’ wartime conduct is a matter of […]Read More →
For the Right-wing, free speech is fine. It just depends on who’s doing the speaking.
Did anyone seriously believe even for a nanosecond that it would be otherwise?
The Free Speech Coalition has resolved that, contingent on raising sufficient funds, it will be issuing legal proceedings against the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. Free Speech Coalition member Melissa Derby says, “Massey University’s action in barring Don Brash raises very similar legal and ethical issues as Auckland Council’s ban on Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux […]Read More →
The Free Speech Coalition has studied Auckland Council’s defence to the application for judicial review of the Mayor’s claim to ban Molyneux/Southern from Council-owned venues. There is no attempt in the response papers to substantiate any politician’s right to decide who can and can’t be heard in Auckland’s ratepayer provided facilities. “Free Speech has unequivocally […]Read More →
Speakers planning to attend the upcoming International Humanist and Ethical Union conference in early August should be given an assurance that their visa problems are not due to their political views, says the Free Speech Coalition. Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Dr David Cumin says, “Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway needs to confirm that the views and […]Read More →
The Free Speech Coalition is calling on Auckland Mayor Phil Goff to clarify his position on the fact that the Free Speech Coalition-led legal challenge to his and the Council’s decision to deplatform Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern is being funded by mum and dad New Zealanders, after lawyers acting for Mr Goff and the […]Read More →
The Free Speech Coalition can confirm it will this week be filing judicial review proceedings against Auckland Council for its ban on two Canadian speakers from Council-owned venues. The pro-free speech group believes the Council and/or Mayor acted in breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Human Rights Act 1993. […]Read More →
Free speech campaign reaches initial fundraising target; Auckland Council will face legal action In less than 24 hours, the Free Speech Coalition has reached its $50,000 fundraising goal and will be engaging lawyers to bring judicial proceedings against Auckland Council for its ban on Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux at Council-owned venues. Chris Trotter, who […]Read More →