Dear NZCPR Reader,In this week’s NZCPR newsletter, we examine the Government’s plan to criminalise free speech and outline what it would mean for New Zealand, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Arif Ahmed of Cambridge University shares with us how he defeated the University administration’s proposed restrictions on free speech and academic freedom, and our poll asks whether you believe hate speech laws in New Zealand need to be strengthened.
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Labour were working on these Hate Speech laws long before the terrible event of March 2019. I think we know the reality is to shut down debate into their real agenda. Chris Trotter made the following interesting commentary today about Jacinda.
'The sense of menace is not dispelled in the sentences which follow:
“There will be an unquestionable legacy from March 15. Much of it will be heart breaking. But it’s never too early or too late for the legacy to be a more inclusive nation, one that stands proud of our diversity, embraces it, and if called to, defends it staunchly.”
Whenever political leaders begin to declare their intention to defend staunchly the ideas for which they stand – and for which they blithely assume the rest of the nation also stands – it is time to worry.'
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