Media Release: Free Speech Coalition condemns assault on Shaw

14 March 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Responding to the reported assault of Green Party co-Leader James Shaw, Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Patrick Corish says:

“The assault of James Shaw should be universally condemned, especially if it is shown to be politically-motivated. In New Zealand we enjoy the right to free exchange of political ideas -- there is no excuse for communicating through violence.”

“If we normalise political assaults, serious or not, we risk violence eventually being turned on anyone who dares express their political views. This would be a tragedy for free speech in a country that currently enjoys a relatively open and peaceful public debate.”

ENDS