Tag Archives: Free speech

Forget ‘free speech’ on campus, this debate is about free people

Forget ‘free speech’ on campus, this debate is about free people

It has now become customary for academics to debate the line between free speech and hate speech. Yale, for instance, recently hosted a panel discussion whose central topic was the difference between hate speech and free speech and “the point where one shifts into the other.” The distinction has already been debated throughout the academy, […] … learn more→

Why ‘safe spaces’ at universities are a threat to free speech

Why ‘safe spaces’ at universities are a threat to free speech

The idea of universities being a “safe space” was until recently an issue that was unique to the US. Now the UK has experienced an upswing in incidents in which so-called “safe space” policies have reportedly threatened the right to free speech in British universities. Closely tied to the concept of “no-platforming” – where speakers […] … learn more→

Left bans scientist who Discovered DNA

Left bans scientist who Discovered DNA

“Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” –Beria, head of Stalin’s Secret Police  Only an idiot could have thought the Left agenda of shutting down Conservative speakers on campus would stop at just those speakers. Having succeeded in making it impossible for a Conservative to show his or her (Hi Ann Coulter!) […] … learn more→

New legislation may make free speech on campus less free

New legislation may make free speech on campus less free

Around the country, state lawmakers have been talking about – and legislating – ways intended to protect free speech on college campuses. The Wisconsin State Assembly, for example, recently passed a campus speech bill that would require public colleges and universities to punish students who disrupt campus speakers. The legislation is now heading to the […] … learn more→

More tuition = Less free speech

More tuition = Less free speech

It’s no secret that our campuses no longer believe in free speech. Ok, that’s a bit hyperbolic, but the riots on campus whenever speakers with a certain point of view try to talk do seem to be a bit more common than in days past. One of the more recent riots (I’m hesitant to say […] … learn more→

Crushing the intellect: Pakistan’s war on free speech

Crushing the intellect: Pakistan’s war on free speech

Pakistani authorities have won another battle against free speech. The latest blow is just another consequence of harsh measures taken by Pakistan’s government in the last five years against freedom of speech. On March 27, the interior ministry announced that Facebook had removed 85% of “illegal, blasphemous” content found on its website. The estimated number […] … learn more→

Free speech is at grave risk on university campuses

Free speech is at grave risk on university campuses

The news that students at City, University of London have voted to ban The Sun, Daily Mail and Express newspapers from its campus – a ban which could be extended to other media organisations – is just the latest example of how free speech is under threat at universities across the globe. The university’s student […] … learn more→

Morocco’s war on free speech is costing its universities dearly

Morocco’s war on free speech is costing its universities dearly

Morocco frequently turns to the courts when it doesn’t like what its critics have to say. The charges levelled against journalist and historian Professor Maati Monjib reinforce just how common this tendency, which emerged during the 1970s, is in Morocco. The State tries to quash critique among journalists and other public intellectuals by using the […] … learn more→

Yale bans a website, and violates its own free speech policies

We all know how the totalitarian government of China censors websites by blocking access to their IP addresses. But it’s shocking to learn that the administration of Yale University is now utilizing this same tactic to ban access to a website they dislike. A group of Yale students created a website they called Yale Bluebook […] … learn more→

Very selective defenses of free speech

This week John K. Wilson wrote about the Kansas Board of Regents new policy mandating institutional oversight of the blog posts, tweets, and other public digital communications of faculty and staff at Kansas colleges and universities. Because it is not restricted to communications made with institutional resources, this policy goes well beyond violating of academic […] … learn more→