Extremist speeches ‘should be challenged’ not banned

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Counterterrorism legislation to prevent extremist speeches on university campuses will not stop its spread, a conference in Co Carlow has heard. ‘Extremist speeches should be met by better, stronger ideas that challenge the speakers rather than a ban’, said Maajid Nawaz, founder of Quilliam, a London based counterextremism think-tank …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 10 June]

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Israeli ambassador and TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The members of Academics for Palestine have read with incredulity ‘Trinity condemns “unacceptable attack” on free speech’ (February 21st). The declarations of Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker, whose speech at Trinity College Dublin was cancelled after a student protest, and those of Trinity provost Patrick Prendergast, are a striking reversal of reality …” (more)

[Conor McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Trinity condemns ‘unacceptable attack’ on free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has condemned a protest that led to the cancellation of an event with the Israeli ambassador to Ireland as an ‘unacceptable attack on free speech’. Ze’ev Boker was due to speak on Monday at a talk organised by the Society for International Affairs (SOFIA) …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Free speech university rankings: a case of grade inflation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“Exciting news for those of us in higher education who believe in free speech as the third incisive Spiked analysis of free speech in universities is published. Always a landmark event and sure to grab the headlines …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 16 Februay]

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Free Speech University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I have written on this blog in the past about university free speech rankings in the UK and the US. The online current affairs magazine, spiked, has published its third annual Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) of the UK’s universities …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 13 February]

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Free speech and violence on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2017 by steve

“Sir, – Those who participated in violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley, this week, with the aim of preventing an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, have done more to empower the Breitbart contributor and his fellow Trump-adoring acolytes than allowing him to speak ever would have …” (more)

[John Hogan, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Kamal El Mekki responds to criticism of TCD visit

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A preacher whose visit to the Muslim Student Association was criticised last week has denied defending the killing of apostates of Islam. Several students had objected to Kamal El Mekki being allowed to speak on campus …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 6 March]

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University free speech rankings in the UK and the US

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“For the first Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) in the UK, Spiked ranked the policies and actions of universities and students’ unions, for free speech purposes, using a traffic-light system …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 2 February]

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Free Speech Rankings find restrictions at 80% of universities

Posted in Legal issues on February 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“A new study has found restrictions on freedom of expression at four out of five UK universities. Across 115 higher education institutions included in the first ever Free Speech University Rankings, produced by the online magazine Spiked, 135 bans were instituted or upheld over the past three years …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 2 February]

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Universities need less civility and more ‘shit-kicking’

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2014 by steve

“The University of California at Berkeley was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement (FSM), a coalition of students and staff who came together in 1964 to hold sit-ins and protests to demand unrestricted freedom of speech on campus …” (more)

[Dennis Hayes, spiked, 11 September]

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Universities should be the last place to ban free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2013 by steve

“The censorship of an atheist bookstall at freshers’ week is just another example of heavy-handed repression in our universities …” (more)

[Nick Cohen, Observer, 23 November]

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Free speech at universities abysmal

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2012 by steve

“The ‘abysmal’ state of free speech at Canadian public universities is stifling the right of students to speak their minds, according to a new report card that gives mostly failing grades to universities and their student unions …” (more)

[Sarah Boesveld, University World News, 4 November]

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Feigning free speech on campus

Posted in Legal issues on October 29th, 2012 by steve

“Colleges and universities are supposed to be bastions of unbridled inquiry and expression, but they probably do as much to repress free speech as any other institution in young people’s lives …” (more)

[Greg Lukianoff, University World News, 28 October]

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Griffin ban – Free speech is important

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2012 by steve

“Freedom of speech is a fundamental plank of democracy. To deny anyone the right to express his or her views it to engage in censorship of the worst kind …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Ostensibly Proving a Commitment to Free Speech

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2012 by steve

“‘If we, as a modern society, don’t believe in free speech for those whom we disagree with, then perhaps it should be questioned whether we believe in free speech at all’, wrote Chair of the Government and Politics Society, Ben English, in a recent letter to the Irish Times. This was after the Society proved their uncompromising commitment to free speech by inviting British fascist Nick Griffin to a debate in UCC …” (more)

[Cathal Larkin, Indymedia Ireland, 18 February]

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BNP leader invitation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2011 by steve

“Sir, – In response to the letter from Vincent Lavery et al (November 30th), we wish to draw a distinction between free speech and a platform. Nick Griffin is free to come to Ireland to speak whenever he wants …” (more)

[Rónán Burtenshaw and others, Irish Times, 5 December]

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Queen’s University cannot allow free speech to be stifled

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2011 by steve

“It is arguably our foremost seat of learning, a place (supposedly) of enlightenment where free discourse and debate is encouraged and freedom of speech enshrined. But is Queen’s University now becoming a cold house for speakers of the Jewish/Israeli persuasion? …” (more)

[Lindy McDowell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 March]

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US Court Ducks Academic-Freedom Debate in Ruling Against California Professor

Posted in Legal issues on November 13th, 2010 by steve

“A federal appeals court has ruled against an emeritus professor who had accused the University of California at Irvine of trampling his free-speech rights, but the court did not take up the tough First Amendment questions that attracted national attention to his case …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 November]

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How Free is Your Speech if You Are an Instructor at a Publicly Financed School?

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2010 by steve

“According to the ACLU website, if you are a public school teacher your free speech latitude depends on two things: where you are expressing yourself (in or out of the classroom); and whether you teach minors or adults …” (more)

[Prometheus Unbound, 14 June]

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Moral equivalence is of little use to those dying without dignity

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Because of the refusal to let me speak in Ireland, my arguments for the legalisation of euthanasia have unfortunately been lost in the noise surrounding the non-event. This has been especially evident in the press and on the internet where I have been subjected to intense abuse based on erroneous beliefs about my position. For example, I have never argued, as many have claimed, that involuntary euthanasia should be legalised or that money could be saved by the state through killing vulnerable or elderly people. Nor have I argued that the law should be broken, but rather that it should be changed …” (more)

[Len Doyal, Irish Times, 24 April]

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