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Elon Musk Twitter takeover dubbed ‘dangerous’ as critics question free speech claims

Toby Young, Director General of the Free Speech Union, agreed, labelling Musk in a comment for Express.co.uk a “steely-eyed free speech warrior” and outlining his hope that Twitter is taken back to what it was originally: “The free speech wing of the free speech party.”

Michael Curzon, The Daily Express, 30th April 2022.

Salmond’s university snub “breached human rights”

In a letter to Professor George Boyne, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor, the Free Speech Union campaign group said “no-platforming Salmond was contrary to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights”. This defines freedom of expression as including the “freedom to hold opinions and receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority”, Toby Young, the union’s general secretary, said. “The students who were planning to attend Mr Salmond’s talk had a right to hear what he was going to say,” Young said. “By cancelling the talk the university golf club was interfering with that right.”

Jeremy Watson, The Times, 30th April 2022.

The police have gone full Orwell

This week, Mills finally had his NCHI removed from his record by Kent Police, thanks to the efforts of the Free Speech Union. But while any individual victory like this is welcome, speech will not be truly free in the UK until NCHIs are abolished along with our censorious laws.

Charlie Peters, Spiked, 27th April 2022.

Toby Young: Free speech includes the right to be offensive, Mr Speaker

When telling MPs on Monday that he had summoned the editor of the Mail on Sunday to his office for a dressing down, the Speaker of the House of Commons prefaced his announcement by saying he took the issue of press freedom ‘very seriously’.

Toby Young, Conservative Home, 27th April 2022.

Elon Musk TAKES OVER Twitter – billionaire agrees historic deal with social media giant

The Free Speech Union added following the news: “We look forward to an overhaul of the social media company’s content moderation policies so it becomes possible for users to challenge prevailing orthodoxies, whether about the participation of transwomen in women’s sports or the effectiveness of the Covid vaccines, without running the risk of being no-platformed.”

Michael Curzon, The Daily Express, 25th April 2022.