We are a group of New Zealanders concerned with on-going threats to free speech and the exchange of ideas.
We originally formed to challenge Auckland Council on its decision to deny a venue to Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, but since then, new threats to free speech have emerged that require urgent attention.
In August, Massey University’s Vice-Chancellor cancelled an event with Dr Don Brash based on ‘security’ concerns, while internal emails revealed her motivation to be political.
And in the wake of the tragic Christchurch mosque attacks, the Chief Censor has blocked New Zealanders from legally reading the attacker’s manifesto, despite the widespread desire and need to understand the motivations behind evil.
We need your help.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
When authorities capitulate to thugs who threaten events with violence, they embolden others who seek to restrict speech via the “thugs’ veto”.
And since the Christchurch attacks, New Zealand’s political environment is especially vulnerable to reflexive and ill-considered restrictions on rights, including freedom of speech.
These restrictions should be unacceptable in a society that values free speech and the open exchange of ideas.