Media Release: Free Speech Coalition Disappointed to see Canterbury University’s about-face


Canterbury University’s about-face on neutral role regarding the controversial student law revue is a disappointing display of censorship.

“Two weeks ago, Canterbury University courageously declared that ‘it does not play the role of censor’.  But now by doling out punishment to the creators of the Canterbury Law Revue, the University performs its role as censor in spades,” says Free Speech Coalition spokesperson, Jordan Williams."

Forcing community service and placing a stain on the creator’s academic record illustrates a disappointing departure from that measured and neutral.

“Canterbury’s flimsy assertion that it protects offensive speech is now only lip-service to its free speech duties. Free speech is clearly not a value on campus.”

"Sadly, Canterbury University joins Massey University as a once proud institution and bastion of free speech, thought, and student culture giving in to paternalistic censorship."