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


26 August 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Free Speech Coalition urges University of Canterbury to resist bullying calls to suppress student freedom of speech. As an arm of the state, Canterbury is bound to uphold the freedom of speech assured by the NZ Bill of Rights Act. As a university it must also comply with section 161(2)(a) of...

5 August 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government deserves praise for taking proactive and public steps against the Chinese Consulate’s attempt to interfere with speech at universities, says the Free Speech Coalition. Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Dr David Cumin says, “It would have been easy for the Government to do nothing, for fear...

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 for the...

30 July 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUT University’s cancellation of a commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre betrays the freedoms of students and contradicts the purpose of a university. “AUT’s claim that the cancellation of the peaceful commemorative event was due to the Queen’s Birthday Holiday is a poor excuse,” says Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Dr David Cumin. “OIA requests have shown that the Chinese consulate commended the...

25 MAY 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Free Speech Coalition calls on the Police and Human Rights Commission to remind politicians that they can’t misuse false complaints Police to suppress criticism. It is especially important to uphold the freedom of speech guaranteed under section 14 of the New Zealand Bill...