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Free Speech Coalition will defend current and long held free speech rights – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  April 1, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Free Speech Coalition will campaign against new laws to supress traditional freedom of speech signalled by Justice Minister Andrew Little. Constitutional lawyer, and Free Speech Coalition spokesperson, Stephen Franks says, “New Zealand already has clear laws against incitement of violence. We have a very new, uncertain, and far reaching law against digital harassment.” “We […]

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Intervention over ISPs has free speech implications – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  March 28, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Intervention over ISPs has free speech implications – Free Speech Coalition

The Government has set a dangerous precedent for free speech by asking ISPs to continue blocking certain websites, says the Free Speech Coalition. Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says, “The Free Speech Coalition didn’t challenge the original decision of ISPs to block these websites. They are after all private enterprises, and concerned customers […]

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Banning of manifesto a step too far – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  March 24, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The Free Speech Coalition says the Censor’s banning of the Christchurch terrorist attacker’s manifesto is wrong, unconstitutional, and counterproductive. “This is a completely improper use of the censorship powers,” says Coalition Spokesman and constitutional lawyer, Stephen Franks, responding to media reports of the banning. “Most New Zealanders will have no interest in reading the rants […]

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Government Correct to Abolish Blasphemy Laws – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Government has made New Zealand freer by abolishing outdated blasphemy laws prohibiting speech critical of religion, says the Free Speech Coalition. Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Patrick Corish says “A remnant of New Zealand’s less liberal past has been struck off the law books.” “A key quality of liberal democracy is the ability to critique […]

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Phantom Billstickers disregards free speech principles – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Free Speech Coalition suggests that companies supportive of free speech principles should consider refusing to advertise with Phantom Billstickers, in light of its discriminatory treatment of Speak Up for Women (a group campaigning for consultation on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill). Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Rachel Poulain says, “Because Phantom Billstickers […]

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Martin Jenkens’ report for Massey University Council a “shonky whitewash” – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  December 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Martin Jenkens’ report for Massey University Council a “shonky whitewash” – Free Speech Coalition

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 […]

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Free Speech Coalition responds to Israeli court order – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  October 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Free Speech Coalition responds to Israeli court order – Free Speech Coalition

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 […]

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Tertiary Education Union “sad” for not following the leadership of the student unions – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

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. […]

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Harmful Digital Communications Act deployed – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Harmful Digital Communications Act deployed – Free Speech Coalition

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 […]

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Coalition condemns campaign to bar Chelsea Manning – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  August 29, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

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 […]

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“Free speech” – The Rules according to the Right

By   /  August 29, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

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?

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Coalition raising funds for legal action against Massey VC – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

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 […]

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Council concede Mayor Goff had no power to ban speaker – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  July 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Council concede Mayor Goff had no power to ban speaker – Free Speech Coalition

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 […]

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Humanist speakers should not be discriminated against – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  July 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

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 […]

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Auckland Council flag concerns with Free Speech Coalition – Free Speech Coalition

By   /  July 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

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 […]

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Free Speech Coalition on details of legal action

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

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. […]

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