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Media Release: University of Canterbury Correct In Not Interfering with Student Comedy

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...

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

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...

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 for the...

Media Release: Foreign influence on AUT chills free speech

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...

Media Release: Politicians should be reminded not to misuse Police to suppress criticism

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...

Media Release: Andrew Little shows how anti-speech laws will serve political elite

15 APRIL 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Justice Minister Andrew Little has shown how new anti-speech laws would be twisted to suit the political elite, says the Free Speech Coalition. This is in response to Mr Little’s statements suggesting it should be easier to complain about (and sanction) speech like that contained...

Media Release: Free Speech Coalition will defend current and long held free speech rights

31 March 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Free Speech Coalition will campaign against new laws to supress traditional freedom of speech signalled by Justice Minister Andrew Little. Constitutional lawyer, and Free Speech Coalition spokesperson, Stephen Franks says, “New Zealand already has clear laws against incitement of violence. We have a very new,...

Media Release: Government intervention over ISPs has free speech implications

27 March 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Government has set a dangerous precedent for free speech by asking ISPs to continue blocking certain websites, says the Free Speech Coalition. Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says, “The Free Speech Coalition didn’t challenge the original decision of ISPs to block these websites. They...