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Media Release: Government right to protect free speech from foreign actors

7 August 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government deserves praise for taking proactive and public stepsagainst 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...

Media Release: Caution urged on planned abortion protest restrictions

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...

Media Release: Council screening of religious material is not free speech

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...

Newsletter: Christchurch and free speech

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 a step too far

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,...

A letter from David Cumin

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,...

Christchurch shootings

Free Speech Coalition offers condolences to those affected by the Christchurch Shooting   The Free Speech Coalition joins the rest of New Zealand in its mourning and condemnation of the events in Christchurch.  On behalf of the Coalition, Rachel Poulain says: "Yesterday, New Zealand’s Muslim community, the people of Christchurch and...

Media Release: NZ must be better than Australia on Yiannopoulos issue

MEDIA RELEASE NZ must be better than Australia on Yiannopoulos issue 7 March 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government must reaffirm its position on allowing controversial speakers to enter New Zealand in light of the Morrison government’s denial of entry for Milo Yiannopoulos.  Free Speech Coalition spokesperson David Cumin says,...