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Bail gags play into conspiracy theorist’s hands

Friday, 20 August 2021, 12:24 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Union says some of the strict bail conditions of former political party leader, activist, and conspiracy theorist William Desmond Te Kahika, known as Billy Te Kahika or Billy TK, are an ‘own goal’ limitation on free speech. ... More >>

Police Encounter With Christian Preachers A Startling Omen Of Things To Come

Tuesday, 3 August 2021, 10:49 am | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to the video posted on TikTok by jesuspreachingNZ, the Free Speech Union says the video shows everything that is wrong with the Government’s vague and dangerous hate speech proposals. “New hate speech laws haven’t even been written yet but ... More >>

Franks: Government's Use Of Police Action To Silence Political Activists Chilling

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 10:25 am | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition is slamming the Minister for Corrections' referral to the Police of overblown claims of 'incitement to violence' related to a political pamphlet published by prison reform group People Against Prisons Aotearoa. Free Speech ... More >>

Grant Robertson Must Engage With Media On Challenging Topics

Friday, 19 February 2021, 3:06 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition is calling on the Deputy Prime Minister to ‘harden up’ labelling his pulling out of a weekly slot on Magic Talk with Peter Williams as a ‘pathetic’ and ‘completely irrational response’ to being asked to respond ... More >>

Waitomo District Council's Media Policy Damages Democracy

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 4:28 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition says that attempts to prevent open dialogue between elected officials and the media and public amount to a gagging on local democracy and accountability. Responding to the report by Stuff on Waitomo District Council adopting a new code ... More >>

Brenton Tarrant Sentence A Relief - Gagging Orders Should Now Be Relaxed

Sunday, 30 August 2020, 7:01 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Following the life sentencing of the Christchurch terrorist, the Free Speech Coalition is calling for all remaining suppression orders and restrictions on New Zealanders to freely discuss and understand the terrible time in our history, to be lifted. ... More >>

Free Speech Coalition Condemn National Party Gang Patch Policy

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 6:06 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition is slamming the National Party's policy to ban gang patches, saying that if its good for the goose it's good for the gander, and it's not the role of politicians to decide who can and cannot express themselves with colours ... More >>

‘Aroha’ Posters Should Be Legal

Monday, 22 June 2020, 11:36 am | Free Speech Coalition

The furore over Weston-Frizzell’s pop art posters of Jacinda Ardern reveals the absurdity of election advertising laws, says the Free Speech Coalition. Coalition spokesperson Dane Giraud says, “A debate over what counts as art and what counts ... More >>

Government Shuts Down Scrutiny With Fatal Blow To Bauer Media

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:04 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to the closure of Bauer Media, Free Speech Coalition spokesperson David Farrar says: "The loss of the New Zealand Listener, North & South Magazine, and more is a sickening blow to the diversity of our media environment." "The ... More >>

Prime Minister Reconsiders Ban On Rural And Ethnic Publications

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 5:15 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that rural and ethnic media outlets will be re-classified as essential services, if they are able to show they serve either a hard to reach or non-English speaking audience and follow health and safety ... More >>

Judicial Review Being Prepared On Government’s Decision To Shut Down Parts Of The Fourth Estate

Monday, 30 March 2020, 11:49 am | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition is preparing to launch an urgent judicial review of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s decision to deem non-daily newspapers and publications not an essential service for the purposes of the COVID-19 Level-4 nationwide shutdown. ... More >>

Little Must Rule Out Using COVID-19 Distraction To Slide Through Hate Speech Laws

Friday, 20 March 2020, 4:45 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition is calling on Justice Minister Andrew Little to u-turn on his commitments to pass hate speech legislation this year, after he instructed a Select Committee to rush through a bill giving criminals in prison voting rights ... More >>

MPs Vote To Uphold Important Free Speech Principle

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 4:58 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition congratulates Parliament on removing the provisions which would have made "safe zones" around abortion clinics enforceable. Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Stephen Franks says: "While harassment and intimidation ... More >>

Massey deprives students with new policy

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:50 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to the launch of Massey University's new policy and code regarding free speech and external speaker, Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says: More >>

Cancel the Kiwi summer: ice cream doesn’t make you happy

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 8:17 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition says it is crazy overreach by the Advertising Standards Authority to order a take down of an ice cream sign that includes the apparently irresponsible claim that “ice cream makes you happy”. More >>

FSC offers help to Massey in writing its free speech policy

Friday, 25 October 2019, 3:25 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Free Speech Coalition offers help to Massey University in drafting its policy on free speech on campus and points to the University of Chicago's statement on free speech as a template. More >>

Massey’s capitulation on feminist event disgraceful"

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:27 am | Free Speech Coalition

Responding to Massey University’s decision to cancel the upcoming ‘Feminism 2020’ event, Free Speech Coalition member Melissa Derby (who had been scheduled to speak at the event) says: More >>

Free Speech Coalition set to appeal Phil Goff decision

Monday, 7 October 2019, 2:56 pm | Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition is to appeal last week’s decision of the High Court in relation to the Coalition’s judicial review of Regional Facilities Auckland’s decision to de-platform two controversial Canadian speakers last year, for which ... More >>

Free Speech Coalition astonished by winning of ‘thugs veto'

Monday, 30 September 2019, 5:46 pm | Free Speech Coalition

Reacting to the decision of His Honour Justice Pheroze Jagose , Free Speech Coalition Counsel, Jack Hodder QC, said: “With our clients, we will need to consider carefully what the judgment does and does not say, and consider the options, including rights ... More >>

Free Speech Coalition Disappointed

Saturday, 28 September 2019, 11:42 am | Free Speech Coalition

Free Speech Coalition Disappointed to see Canterbury University’s about-face 27 September 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Canterbury University’s about-face on neutral role regarding the controversial student law revue is a disappointing display of ... More >>





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