Human beings cannot flourish unless they are free

We protect, expand, and fight for New Zealanders’ rights to freedom of speech, conscience, and intellectual inquiry. We envision a flourishing New Zealand civil society that values and protects vigorous debate, dissenting ideas, and freedom of speech as cultural cornerstones.

Human beings cannot flourish unless they are free

We protect, expand, and fight for New Zealanders’ rights to freedom of speech, conscience, and intellectual inquiry. We envision a flourishing New Zealand civil society that values and protects vigorous debate, dissenting ideas, and freedom of speech as cultural cornerstones.

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The Free Speech Union was formed in 2021 and has grown rapidly. It came from the Free Speech Coalition which began in 2018 out of the need to challenge the Mayor of Auckland after he banned people whose views he disliked and treated Council property as his own.

Our job is to fight the expansion of government censorship, by challenging bad legislation and dangerous legal precedents. We’re the central hub of a network of Kiwis who are motivated by the dire need to protect free speech across all areas - media, academia, politics, workplaces, city councils…

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We’re a community committed to providing accessible, reliable, impartial advice to make a life-changing difference for people who find themselves ostracised.

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We advocate and defend your human right to freedom of speech, regardless of your stance.

We don’t take any sides on political, cultural, social or ethical matters. But we go into bat so that you can. If you’ve been threatened, silenced, fired, or cancelled, we’ll advocate for your rights through writing letters, petitions, spreading awareness and representing you.

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“Whether it’s in the workplace or the public square, you need the protection of the Free Speech Union. Only with you – and with thousands like you – can we defend free speech”

LATEST NEWS

Free speech victory: Marlborough District Council accepts remedies to avoid court

Jun 19, 2024 Marlborough District Libraries MEDIA RELEASE   19 June 2024FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Free speech victory: Marlborough District Council accepts remedies to avoid court   Following an unlawful and discriminatory decision to bar Let Kids Be Kids from using facilities in the Marlborough District Library, the Chief Executive and Mayor have accepted three remedies... Read more

Marlborough District Council steps up

Jun 19, 2024 This is a short note to celebrate a big win! Another fight goes to the goodies as we stand up to the bullies.  Last week, I contacted you about the incredible decision by Marlborough District Council to refuse to allow Let Kids Be Kids to use a public meeting room... Read more

Words are violence, but intifada’s fine?

Jun 18, 2024 Words can cause harm. I'm sure we all know someone who's been hurt by words. Yesterday, at a public meeting, we spoke with a grandmother about the impact of bullying on her grandchildren. It was undeniably heartbreaking.  While it runs off the tongue well, I’ve never accepted that ‘sticks and... Read more