Stop Christchurch Call from Silencing Kiwis

The Christchurch Call has become a threat to free speech. The censorial mission creep must stop.

We abhor the violent terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques that took place on 15 March 2019. Steps taken in response to this tragedy by the Christchurch Call to eliminate terrorist and extremist content do not necessarily threaten civil liberties.

However, as retired judge Dr. David Harvey has noted, there is a significant “mission creep” in the work of the Christchurch Call.

Recent documents released under the OIA show that the Christchurch Call is now working to prevent “gender-based extremism” (including anti-LGBTQIA+) by targeting 'gender-based hatred'. This could mean that the Christchurch Call seeks to oppose and suppress the ideological views of some people, such as those who are gender-critical and reject that individuals can change their sex.

But that’s not all. The documents also show that the Call’s core mission of preventing violent extremism has been conflated with preventing dissent from ideologies that promote ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ and promote restrictions on so-called 'hate speech'.

The Call's work to prevent terrorist/violent content, and their new aims to suppress dissent from the prevailing orthodoxies are inconsistent with New Zealanders rights to freedom of speech online.

The Free Speech Union seeks to promote a culture of free speech, intellectual inquiry and tolerance for differing opinions.

The more we learn about the Christchurch Call, the more it seems like it is doing the opposite.

The Prime Minister needs to get the Call back to its core business, or get rid of the call. 

I call on the Prime Minister to stop funding and favouring the people who’ve been abusing our sympathy and anxiety about terrorism for power to suppress free speech.

I call on him not to be their dupe.

I call on him to put people in charge who’ll focus on violent extremism, not unfashionable views.

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  • Gavriel Bootel
    signed 2024-04-10 16:17:27 +1200
  • Raewyn Hansen
    signed 2024-04-02 13:52:28 +1300
  • Rhonda Clark
    signed 2024-03-26 12:23:33 +1300
  • Maritha O'Halloran
    signed 2024-03-24 21:38:42 +1300
  • Duncan Christie
    signed 2024-03-21 22:01:47 +1300
  • Barry Lee
    signed 2024-03-21 15:51:22 +1300
  • Desmond Rossiter
    signed 2024-03-20 20:04:02 +1300
  • Julie Hoy
    signed 2024-03-19 15:43:38 +1300
  • David Porteous
    signed 2024-03-12 19:57:56 +1300
    This tradgedy has been exploited as a cover for other agendas
  • Leonie Douglas
    signed 2024-03-12 18:29:48 +1300
  • Tony Eason
    signed 2024-03-12 12:33:51 +1300
  • peter kuzinas
    signed 2024-03-12 09:25:40 +1300
  • Clifford Brereton
    signed 2024-03-11 17:24:15 +1300
  • Clifford Brereton
    signed 2024-03-11 17:24:15 +1300
  • Ngaire Duffy
    signed 2024-03-05 11:28:15 +1300
    It is unbelievable that what we are told is to be done to protect us etc. turns out to be quite different and guess what, we are never informed. Why can’t governments be honest for a change?
  • Katrina Biggs
    signed 2024-03-03 20:59:04 +1300
  • Eleanor Keen
    signed 2024-03-03 16:17:55 +1300
  • Elizabeth Devine
    signed 2024-03-03 13:50:08 +1300
  • Marnie Fornusek
    signed 2024-03-03 12:14:47 +1300
  • John Hayes
    signed 2024-03-03 10:30:08 +1300
  • JIll Jackson
    signed 2024-03-03 09:02:26 +1300
  • Carl Beuke
    signed 2024-03-02 11:19:55 +1300
  • Athina Andonatou
    signed 2024-03-01 07:36:08 +1300
  • Paul Coates
    signed 2024-02-29 19:56:02 +1300
  • Paul Garner
    signed 2024-02-28 16:22:24 +1300
    Please defund The Call which is a thinly disguised but loose waste of public debt financing for Left Wing activists with potential to undermine free speech and democratic freedoms in NZ
  • Richard Doherty
    signed 2024-02-28 16:11:20 +1300
  • Bruce Harper
    signed 2024-02-28 12:00:19 +1300
  • Cynthia Kernohan
    signed 2024-02-27 23:47:20 +1300
    Time to stop this Marxist Agenda, yes overtime!
  • Kris Leys
    signed 2024-02-27 18:14:31 +1300
  • Chris Young
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