In the Media

Mentions of the Free Speech and Secular Society in the media are collected here.

Non-religious world views excluded from Religious Science GCSE

November 2015

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.

Religious studies GCSE faces strong opposition from secular groups  –  The Mancunion


Charges dropped against Bahar Mustafa for tweeting #killallwhitemen

November 2015

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

Louise Mensch at Cambridge Union: ‘I’m a feminist and I don’t give a fuck what you say’   – The Tab

Banning Bindel is an insult to Manchester students – Spiked – Online

Were the SU right to ban Julie Bindel and Milo Yiannopolous from speaking? – The Tab

A hashtag shouldn’t make men fear for their lives. They already have a safe space – most of the world  – The Guardian

Feminists who veer from doctrine should not be silenced  – The Guardian

Were the SU right to ban Julie Bindel and Milo Yiannopolous from speaking? – The Blaze

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 censorshipThe Washington Times

No platform: my exclusion proves this is an anti-feminist crusade – The Guardian by Julie Bindel

Radical feminist and gay conservative banned from speaking at Manchester SU debate on free speech – Mancunion Matters

Provocateurs banned from university debate on free speech – The Times

Student union bans speakers from free speech event – The Christian Institute

SU bans Julie Bindel from speaking at uni free speech event – The Tab

I thought I was a feminist; students think I’m Hitler  – The Sunday Times by Julie Bindel

How a Gay Conservative and Radical Feminist Were Banned From a College’s Feminism Debate – The Daily Beast

‘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

University society forms independent association in order to host event  –  The Mancunion


Website hacked

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