The Free Speech Coalition is a non-profit organisation of New Zealanders concerned about free speech.

Initially formed to address Auckland Council's decision to deny a venue to Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, the Free Speech Coalition fights against new threats to free speech have emerged that require urgent attention.

In August 2018, 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.

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 and the Ministry of Justice is undertaking a review of the current adequacy of 'hate speech' laws in New Zealand.

 

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.

These threats to free speech require public responses and sometimes legal action – activities that take time and financial resources. You can donate to the cause here or join the Coalition here.

 

Recent News


7 August 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to the planned ban on protest within 150m of abortion clinics, Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Rachel Poulain says:“Restrictions on protest near abortion clinics would set a worrying precedent. If we accept a 150 metre restricted-speech zone, there is no clear principle to stop groups...

5 AUGUST 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The use of bylaws to prohibit a Whangarei street preacher from pamphleteering sends a dark message to religious New Zealanders.   “Preachers have the right to share views in public squares, as they have done for thousands of years,” says Rachel Poulain, spokesperson...

 
Dear Supporter -- Condolences over Christchurch Some of you will have noticed the message of condolence we posted to join the nation in mourning over the horrific terror attack in Christchurch. The violence in Christchurch was not just an attack on the Muslim community – it was an assault on our...

MEDIA RELEASE Banning of manifesto is a step too far 23 March 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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,...

23 March, 2019   The overwhelming response to the Christchurch terror attack has been, generally, remarkably positive and uplifting and it makes me proud to be a Kiwi.   The hundreds of flowers piled high outside mosques, the tens of thousands of people attending vigils, the millions of dollars raised,...