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How can we conquer cancel culture?

Toby Young joined a debate on cancel culture hosted by the Freedom Association.

David Campbell Bannerman in discussion with Andrew Allison, Nick Buckley, Baroness Fox of Buckley and Toby Young, The Freedom Association, 28th November 2020.

A hate-filled war on press freedom

As the Free Speech Union and others have pointed out, the expanded hate-speech categories will make life very hard indeed for newspapers, radio, TV and online media who choose not to play safe and avoid controversy.

Andrew Tettenborn, Spiked, 23rd November 2020.

More than a QUARTER of students “self-censor” their opinions because they fear their university’s woke cancel culture – and 40% are afraid their careers will be ruined if they speak out

Toby Young, who created The Free Speech Union in February, said his organisation is inundated with students “begging for help”. “They thought they’d applied to a university, but they’ve ended up in a Maoist re-education camp,” he added. “If they say anything that challenges the prevailing woke orthodoxy – if they dispute the idea that trans-women are women, for instance – a complaint is made to the authorities and they find themselves being put through dubious, quasi-legal procedures that resemble struggle sessions during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. If they don’t throw themselves at the feet of their inquisitors and denounce their white privilege, they’re liable to be kicked out and reported to the police for ‘hate speech’.”

Max Aitchison, The Mail on Sunday, 22nd November 2020.

“Authoritarian” fact-checkers misleading public on Covid studies, warns journalist

The General Secretary of the Free Speech Union insisted that this not only is a breach of the free speech of Carl Heneghan, the director of the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University who was censored by Facebook “but the rights of the audience,” who are prevented from viewing the article with a neutral mindset.

Maajid Nawaz interviews Toby Young, LBC, 21st November 2020.

The Law Commission’s totalitarian vision

The Law Commission is an unelected quango whose job it is to think up changes to the law. This autumn it published a chilling 533-page call for reforms to “hate crime and hate speech” laws, which tells the government that Britain’s repression of free speech has not gone far enough. As our briefing at the Free Speech Union outlines, the legislation it wants brought before parliament is tantamount to an Anti-Free Speech Bill, and would be unprecedented in this country.

Radomir Tylecote, Spiked, 20th November 2020.

Toby Young: “Challenge Covid-19 orthodoxy and you are silenced on social media”

Toby Young, general secretary of the free speech union, says people who challenge “Covid-19 orthodoxy” online are silenced by social media. The Labour Party have recently said that emergency laws are needed to “stamp out dangerous” anti-vaccine content online. The party is calling for financial and criminal penalties for social media firms that do not remove false scare stories about vaccines.

Kevin O’Sullivan interviews Toby Young, talkRADIO, 20th November 2020.

Law Commission Pushes for Hate Speech Law to Ban “Islamophobic” Mohammed Cartoons

Writing in opposition to the further restrictions proposed by the Law Commission, the research director for The Free Speech Union. Dr Radomir Tylecote, said: “One of the hallmarks of a totalitarian society is that the state’s writ extends into every nook and cranny of people’s lives, eroding the distinction between private and public. Is this what the Law Commission wants? To set children against parents, husbands and against wives, all in the name of boosting social cohesion?”

Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart, 14th November 2020.

Law Commission Would Make Mohammed Cartoons Illegal

The Free Speech Union has produced a briefing worth reading before making your views known via the Law Commission consultation here. Lawyers in Britain increasingly see themselves as social justice warriors…

Guido Fawkes, 13th November 2020.

Toby Young: Police Our Streets, Not Our Tweets

The Free Speech Union launched in February this year and boy, oh boy, I think it’s safe to say that even back then it’s hard to imagine just how necessary the Union would become in the fightback against a daily deluge of censorship, police intervention and general madness.

Darren Grimes interviews Toby Young, Reasoned, 11th November 2020.

With free speech, practice what you preach

We must be able to trust those who claim to be on the side of free speech. When your alleged allies fall foul of the egregious values of the cancel culture mob it is easy to lose hope. That is why the best thing anyone can do is join the Free Speech Union. No matter how “small” your case is, people need to be held to account.

Sam Bayliss, The Critic, 10th November 2020.