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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

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, Stephen Franks, responding to media reports of the banning.“Most New...

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: Free Speech Coalition condemns assault on Shaw

14 March 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding 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...

Media Release: Australian Government right in allowing Yiannopoulos to enter

13 March 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Government should confirm it shares the position of Australia’s Immigration Minister, who has lifted the ban of controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos from entering the country. Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Patrick Corish says, “Australia’s Immigration Minister has rightly reversed the his department's attempts to block Mr Yiannopoulos’ entry, a win...

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,...

Media Release: Massey release whitewash report

This afternoon Massey University released a report it commissioned from Martin Jenkins titled Cancellation of venue for Dr Brash speaking event: Independent report for the Massey University Council on lessons from this episode. You can read the report here. We had a heads-up that the report was coming, but had...

Media Release: Massey University must front-up and explain Jan Thomas correspondence

MEDIA RELEASE Massey University must front-up and explain Jan Thomas Correspondence  19 September 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Massey University must front up and explain why the Vice Chancellor’s public statements that it was her concerns about security that prompted her to deplatform former Reserve Bank Governor and Leader of...