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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  • Malcolm Mackay
    signed 2024-02-02 17:36:08 +1300
  • Keith Gould
    signed via 2024-02-02 17:36:06 +1300
  • Warren Ubels
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  • Kelly Ng
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  • Paul Petersen
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  • Janet Meehan
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:59 +1300
  • Adrian Brown
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:56 +1300
  • Pierre Robinson
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:55 +1300
    I find it amazing that Ms Adern still wields power in New Zealand after her abdication.
  • Paul Castelow
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:51 +1300
  • Graham Coxhead
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:50 +1300
  • Richard Anderson
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:50 +1300
  • Alfred Holt
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:32 +1300
  • Kevin Bannister
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:23 +1300
  • Paul Simpson
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:23 +1300
  • Graeme Townley
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:21 +1300
    JA should be sacked as she was a Labour appointment. She will be going against the wishes of voters (again) and will be contrary to the new coalition.
  • John Johnston
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:19 +1300
    Scrub the Call completely, or constrain it only to cover exhortations to violence.
  • Shiree Knightly
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:09 +1300
    Leave our free speech alone. Luxton, don’t become a puppet of the X leader of the Labour party. You beat them for a reason, because you are not like them. Remember who elected you and why. We put you in we can take you out
  • Auke van der Weij
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:08 +1300
  • Colin De Freyne
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:04 +1300
    No one should be prohibited from expressing their views. If someone does not like a view, ignore it, do not use the law to suppress that view. Come on, this is common sense.
  • Lewis Vaughan
    signed 2024-02-02 17:35:00 +1300
  • Jennifer McLachlan
    signed 2024-02-02 17:34:59 +1300
  • Curtis Estes
    signed 2024-02-02 17:34:56 +1300
    The Christchurch Call has drifted way far away (probably intentional) from its original intention. Let’s stop it!
  • Paul Harrison
    signed 2024-02-02 17:34:51 +1300
  • Dennis Blong
    signed 2024-02-02 17:34:48 +1300
  • Francis Sharpley
    signed 2024-02-02 17:34:41 +1300
    When we cannot trust our institutions we cannot have democracy (not my comment but one I support 100 per cent. So, why did Luxon appoint this witch to carry on her earlier witchcraft ?
  • david gibbs
    signed 2024-02-02 17:34:40 +1300
  • Carol Brooks
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  • Patricia Low
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  • Peter Hind
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