Mentions of the Free Speech and Secular Society in the media are collected here.
Non-religious world views excluded from Religious Science GCSE
A group of parents and their children as well as multiple religious leaders have challenged the decision to exclude non-religious world views such as humanism from the RS GCSE curriculum.
Charges dropped against Bahar Mustafa for tweeting #killallwhitemen
Goldsmiths student Diversity Officer, Bahar Mustafa, who was due to appear at Bromley Magistrates Court on after online posts including the hashtag #killallwhitemen were discovered on her Twitter history. Later these charges were dropped.
Charges dropped against Bahar Mustafa after #killallwhitemen row – The Mancunion
Banning of Julie Bindel and Milo Yiannopoulos
15th of October 2015
Feminist Julie Bindel and journalist Milo Yiannopoulos were due to speak at Manchester University’s Free Speech and Secular Society, in a panel discussion entitled, ‘From Liberation to Censorship: Does feminism have a free speech problem?’. But the debate never happened. First, the University of Manchester Student’s Union (SU) banned Julie Bindel for views she has expressed on trans people in the past. After ourselves and numerous other students pointed out the inconsistency, the SU announce that they are also banning Milo Yiannopoulos.
British universities have a duty to defend the ‘unsafe’ space – The Spectator
‘Stepford student’ culture threatening free speech – The Telegraph
Banning Bindel is an insult to Manchester students – Spiked – Online
Feminists who veer from doctrine should not be silenced – The Guardian
Update: Yiannopoulos also banned from censorship event – The Mancunion
“Transphobe” Julie Bindel banned from Free Speech debate – The Mancunion
Journalists banned from U.K. university’s debate on censorship – The Washington Times
No platform: my exclusion proves this is an anti-feminist crusade – The Guardian by Julie Bindel
Student union bans speakers from free speech event – The Christian Institute
I thought I was a feminist; students think I’m Hitler – The Sunday Times by Julie Bindel
‘Transphobic’ feminist Julie Bindel banned from Manchester student union talk on free speech – International Business Times
What the row over banning Germaine Greer is really about – New Statesman
Death of free speech: As Germaine Greer is branded ‘transphobic’ by student feminists, a top academic attacks the self-righteous zealots censoring history and literature and crushing debate in our universities – Daily Mail
Intolerance of intolerance – The Economist
27th of June 2015
After a message was submitted through our websites contact form with a somewhat ominous tone, it became apparent that our website had been deleted.
Student secular society’s website deleted after “ominous” threat sent from Saudi Arabia – The National Secular Society
Event on Campus Censorship
18th of March 2015
“Please don’t Shoot: Is Free Speech Dead on Campus? ” was a panel discussion on campus censorship. Tom Slater and Chris Moos layed out the case for minimal restrictions on campus. Charlie Cook and Josh Woolas have kindly agreed to outline the case for restrictions and the status quo.
Charlie Hebdo cover revealed at debate on campus – The Mancunion
Banning of Charlie Hebdo Survivors Issue
27th of January 2015
At the beginning of the second semester the Students’ Union at the University of Manchester sets up a “Refreshers Fair”. An opportunity for new students to meet all the societies that exist. After the tragic attack on Charlie Hebdo, a copy of their survivors issue was naturally relevant to free speech and might have be of interest to some, given the difficulty of obtaining a copy in the UK. We informed the Students’ Union of our intention and were told not to display the issue.
What could be more absurd than censorship on campus? – The Guardian
Charlie Hebdo cartoon banned from Refreshers’ Fair – The Mancunion