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

Paul's story flew under the radar, but it needs to be told

Jul 22, 2024 Dr Paul Crowhurst It’s no secret today that tertiary institutions, especially educational training colleges, have increasingly become a hot-bed of cancel culture, no-platforming, and militant ideological conformity. Unfortunately, the story I’m writing to tell you about of Dr Paul Crowhurst flew under the radar. But it’s one that needs telling. As we constantly... Read more

Hate speech laws resurface for transgender community

Jul 22, 2024 Should Kiwis face jail time for ‘misgendering’ someone who is ‘non-binary’? Should the law stop them from ‘outing’ someone who is ‘intersex’? Should they be criminalised for ‘deadnaming’ someone who is transgender (using their old name — like calling them ‘Jack’ instead of ‘Jackie’)?  Can you imagine if it was... Read more

Free speech: the sine qua non of justice

Jul 22, 2024 By Jonathan Ayling Free speech is a cornerstone of democratic societies. It is difficult to overstate its significance to the legal profession. Our justice system (like our democratic systems of representation) is built on an adversarial system of debate, interrogation, and intellectual challenge. Why?  Because this is the surest way... Read more