Category Archives: Free Speech

There’s No Stopping This People’s Movement Now! — The BFD

The Freedoms & Rights Coalition  “Saturday’s events across the country were highly successful,” says The Freedoms & Rights  Coalition. “Early headcounts in from around the country reveal we had approx. 30,000  people turn out in various towns and cities. This is a phenomenal result considering we’ve only been operating for a couple of weeks. These…

There’s No Stopping This People’s Movement Now! — The BFD

Apply the Rules Equally or Not at All — The BFD

Conserve NZ It seems that many people want to hold faith leaders Brian Tamaki and Peter Mortlock accountable for backing protests that they consider to be potential “super spreaders” of Covid-19.  So if people see this as a justifiable position, then there is another public figure who needs to also be charged: our Covid-19 “expert”…

Apply the Rules Equally or Not at All — The BFD

Is a ‘Lawful and Peaceful’ Protest Now a Crime? — The BFD

Brian TamakiThe Freedoms & Rights Coalition Team Yesterday, I had a visit from two officers from the New Zealand Police at my home informing me that I was to be charged with two offences under the ever-changing laws passed by the government now known as the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order (No…

Is a ‘Lawful and Peaceful’ Protest Now a Crime? — The BFD

Free Speech Means Freedom to Communicate in Any Language — The BFD

Stuart SmithMP for KaikouraSpokesperson for Climate Change, EQC and Viticulture InformationOpinion Last week I wrote about the significance of Te Reo as a language in New Zealand. There is also no doubt that Maori culture should be valued and cherished in New Zealand. But it should come down to personal choice, we cannot have the…

Free Speech Means Freedom to Communicate in Any Language — The BFD

Chris Newton: The Government’s Free Speech Bill won’t fix universities if viewpoint diversity isn’t addressed too — Conservative Home

Dr Chris Newton is a military historian and a former defence policy adviser in the Conservative Research Department. As universities start a new academic year, the Government’s Higher Education (Free Speech) Bill is going through Parliament. The bill strengthens and protects university freedom of speech and is desperately needed. University “cancel culture” is not just…

Chris Newton: The Government’s Free Speech Bill won’t fix universities if viewpoint diversity isn’t addressed too — Conservative Home

Outdated Views? Andrea Vance On Sean Plunket — The Daily Blog

We don’t normally feature this left leaning blog however more and more they are seeing sense.

IT’S ONE OF THOSE throwaway lines which, precisely because so little conscious thought was given to it, tells us so much. The author, Andrea Vance, is an experienced political journalist working for Stuff. The subject of Vance’s throwaway line, Sean Plunket, is an equally experienced journalist. It was in her recent story about Plunket’s soon-to-be-launched…

Outdated Views? Andrea Vance On Sean Plunket — The Daily Blog

The Double-Edged Sword of the $55M Government Journalism Fund Cuts Deep — The BFD

Graham AdamsVictoria University Of Wellington – Te Herenga Wakademocracyproject.nz Graham Adams is a journalist, columnist and reviewer who has written for many of the country’s media outlets including Metro, North & South, Noted, The Spinoff and Newsroom On Sunday morning, National’s Dr Shane Reti asked on Facebook for people’s “thoughts” about TVNZ’s decision not to…

via The Double-Edged Sword of the $55M Government Journalism Fund Cuts Deep — The BFD

Press Statement from Troy Bowker — The BFD

Troy Bowker My discussion on Linkedin In with Sir Ian Taylor was never intended to involve rugby or my involvement with the Hurricanes as a shareholder and board director. However, it is clear that this has become the central focus for the media rather than the important issues around New Zealanders being proud of the…

via Press Statement from Troy Bowker — The BFD

America, a nation which once championed free speech, has evolved into one of the world’s most authoritarian mass-censors — The Wentworth Report

America, a nation which once championed free speech, has evolved into one of the world’s most authoritarian mass-censors. By RT. The elites of Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and Capitol Hill act as the true overlords of Western thought, guarding the borders of allowable speech. How on earth did we allow this to happen — and…

via America, a nation which once championed free speech, has evolved into one of the world’s most authoritarian mass-censors — The Wentworth Report

FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP BOARD MEMBER: Free Speech Is NOT A Human Right — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

From thefederalist.com Free speech is not a human right, according to prominent Facebook censorship board member Helle Thorning-Schmidt. “What we’re trying to find, of course, I think many of us engaging in this conversation, is that middle road. How do you moderate content and how do you find that balance between human rights and free…

via FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP BOARD MEMBER: Free Speech Is NOT A Human Right — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

UK Labour Party to Vote against ‘Freedom of Speech’ Bill, Claiming It Will Embolden ‘Hate Speech’ — The BFD

rt.com The British Labour Party will oppose a Tory-sponsored bill that would allow “deplatformed” political speakers to sue universities. Labour leader Keir Starmer claims the bill will enable “Holocaust deniers” and “anti-vaxxers.” The bill, proposed by the Conservative government and headed for a second reading in the House of Commons this week, would amend existing laws…

via UK Labour Party to Vote against ‘Freedom of Speech’ Bill, Claiming It Will Embolden ‘Hate Speech’ — The BFD

Who Decides What My Intent Was? — The BFD

Hate speech is back on the menu — Tova O’Brien’s interview with Justice Minister Kris Faafoi was eyebrow raising. If I write an opinion piece ‘Jacinda Ardern is a communist or a dictator’, could I be stung for hate speech? Instead of just saying “no”, we’re given a very bizarre answer where Kris appears to either accept…

via Who Decides What My Intent Was? — The BFD

Connor Tomlinson: Why conservative students need strong students’ unions to protect their free speech — Conservative Home

Furthermore, they should be more proactive in defending the financial interests of their members.

via Connor Tomlinson: Why conservative students need strong students’ unions to protect their free speech — Conservative Home

The Union of Concerned Scientists tries to “cancel” Steve Koonin — Watts Up With That?

By Andy May I’ve written about the far left-wing Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and their anti-democratic attempts to suppress free-speech and free-thought before (see here). There are more details…

via The Union of Concerned Scientists tries to “cancel” Steve Koonin — Watts Up With That?

RNZ Bans Comments on Laurel Hubbard Stories — The BFD

Dr David CuminSpokespersonFree Speech Union Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, 43, is set to make history as the Olympic Games’ first transgender Olympian. But our national broadcaster, Radio New Zealand, has banned people from commenting on articles that discuss Hubbard’s participation on the broadcaster’s Facebook page. This move was also made by the New Zealand Herald,…

via RNZ Bans Comments on Laurel Hubbard Stories — The BFD

ACT’s Protect Free Speech Petition Reaches 10,000 Signatures — The BFD

ACT PartyACT Leader David Seymour “ACT’s petition to protect the free speech of New Zealanders and oppose the Government’s proposed hate speech laws on Saturday reached 10,000 signatures,” says ACT Leader David Seymour “Our ACT caucus has been travelling the country with our Free Speech Tour. Hundreds of people have come along to share their…

via ACT’s Protect Free Speech Petition Reaches 10,000 Signatures — The BFD

Climate lockdowns have arrived: France to ban domestic flights where trains are available, in move to cut emissions —

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/france-domestic-flight-ban-emissions-scli-intl/index.html (CNN) — France is set to ban short domestic flights in favor of train services, after lawmakers approved a plan that will see several air routes discontinued to reduce emissions. MPs voted late on Saturday to some suspend some flights by domestic airlines that can be made by train in less than two-and-a-half hours, as…

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Free Speech Shut Down — Ice Age Now

Tech giants effectively disenfranchising more than 72 million conservatives. Parler, the alternative social media platform favored by conservatives, now finds its internet access shut down as Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Google have all booted it from their platforms in a span of a little more than 24 hours. Amazon will remove Parler from its cloud…

via Free Speech Shut Down — Ice Age Now

Scotland to criminalise dinner conversations! — Kiwiblog

Here we see where politicians who push hate speech laws want to take us. The Times reports: Conversations over the dinner table that incite hatred must be prosecuted under Scotland’s hate crime law, the justice secretary has said.Journalists and theatre directors should also face the courts if their work is deemed to deliberately stoke up…

via Scotland to criminalise dinner conversations! — Kiwiblog

Victoria Police: “Protesting Is Not Unlawful, It’s a Human Right” — The BFD

Dave Pellowegoodsauce.news Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius gave a press conference yesterday regarding police enforcement activity over the upcoming grand final long weekend. Good Sauce guest commentator Topher Field had this to say about his stunning admissions: “Protesting is not unlawful, it’s a human right.” Watch the video above to hear those exact words from Chief…

via Victoria Police: “Protesting Is Not Unlawful, It’s a Human Right” — The BFD

I’ll carry one when Nicky Hager does — Kiwiblog

Newsroom reports: A private sector proposal to produce and distribute five million Bluetooth-enabled credit card-sized contact tracing tools at a cost of $100 million is one of “a wide variety of technological solutions to contact tracing”, a spokesperson for the All of Government Covid-19 response team has confirmed.The idea, branded CovidCard, is one of a handful that the Government…

via I’ll carry one when Nicky Hager does — Kiwiblog

Free Speech Victory — The BFD

 

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David FarrarFree Speech Coalition In a matter of days the Government has reconsidered its definition of “essential media” so that it will now include those publications which meet the following criteria: serves a need for hard to reach rural communities, with reduced connectivity, and/or serves non-English speaking communities, and have appropriate health and safety measures to…

via Free Speech Victory — The BFD

NZ Magazines Get a Bullet to the Back of the Head — The BFD

 

The Free Speech Coalition Less than 24 hours after celebrating our partial-win for New Zealand media, our worst fears have come true. While ethnic and rural/community newspapers have been spared, the same cannot be said of the magazines the Government has forced to shut up shop. PETER MEECHAM/STUFFBauer Media New Zealand’s titles included the New…

via NZ Magazines Get a Bullet to the Back of the Head — The BFD

Hate speech laws are imminent — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Proposed hate speech laws for New Zealand are imminent.Justice Minister Andrew Little told Stuff the Government is bringing forward changes around hate speech, but shaping a law had taken time.A number of options were now “working their way through” the cabinet process, he said.“The review of our hate speech laws are in the final stages. I…

via Hate speech laws are imminent — Kiwiblog

High Court Says Free Speech Defence Is NOT Public Interest — The BFD

 

In 2018 many supporters of free speech donated to the Free Speech Coalition which was founded as a result of Phil Goff de-platforming Canadian speakers Stephen Molyneux and Lauren Southern and Don Brash being ‘uninvited’ as a speaker by Massey University. In just a few days, the FSC raised enough money to go to Court…

via High Court Says Free Speech Defence Is NOT Public Interest — The BFD

Lizzie Confuses Reputation with Free Speech — The BFD

 

When Renae Maihi went to court, I couldn’t help but wonder where Don Brash, David Seymour and the free speech brigade were. Given that Brash and his “Free Speech Coalition” quickly rushed to court to defend Lauren Southern and what’s-his-face Molyneux’s right to free speech, I waited for them to run to the media to…

via Lizzie Confuses Reputation with Free Speech — The BFD

Edgeler on hate speech laws — Your NZ

There are calls for ‘hate speech’ laws in New Zealand, and also warnings against laws restricting speech that often includes extreme examples from another country. We already have general laws that can be applied to what is considered to be hate speech, so do we need more specific laws? And if we do get hate […]

via Edgeler on hate speech laws — Your NZ

‘Journalists’ Against Free Speech — Climate Scepticism

 

Local barbarians are now calling for state-sanctioned silencing of those they brand “climate deniers”. It’s sad that these people infest the state-run ABC TV, academia and journalism, three institutions where democratic values and support for free inquiry should be the default positions. Tony Thomas A verse by W.B. Yeats has been adapted to many a […]

via ‘Journalists’ Against Free Speech — Climate Scepticism

The Conversation? “ethically misguided and downright dangerous” NOT to Censor Climate Deniers — Iowa Climate Science Education

 

Guest essay by Eric Worrall University of Melbourne “Centre for Advancing Journalism” academic Denis Muller believes climate censorship should be added to legally binding journalistic professional codes of conduct. Media ‘impartiality’ on climate change is ethically misguided and downright dangerous January 31, 2020 6.11am AEDT Denis MullerSenior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University […]

via The Conversation? “ethically misguided and downright dangerous” NOT to Censor Climate Deniers — Iowa Climate Science Education