Life Out Loud #7

Posted 09 April 2022
This week on our Life Out Loud summary of a week in Free Speech in New Zealand, Free Speech Union spokespersons Jonathan Ayling and Ani O'Brien touch on two recent hit-jobs mounted against the Free Speech Union.
Jonathan Ayling
Contributing Writer, Free Speech Union
Ani O'Brien
Editor - Digital, Contributing Writer

Life Out Loud #7

This week on our Life Out Loud (LOL) summary of a week in Free Speech in New Zealand (inspired by our newsletter), Free Speech Union spokespersons Jonathan Ayling and Ani O'Brien touch on two recent hit-jobs mounted against the Free Speech Union.

In NBR a piece was written by a writer (who really should've known better) that spun off into such fantasy about the Union that J.R.R Tolkien would blush. And don't be fooled but the English high-breeding and plum in the mouth! The Human Rights Commission Chief Commissioner showed he's a stone-cold killer when he intervened to stop an interview between the Free Speech Union and Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon.

All this and we take a hard look at the latest buzzword aimed at undermining rights: "misinformation". And the team discusses the results of our recent academic survey and the pressure now being applied to the Royal Society of NZ post their treatment of the authors of the 'Listener Letter.'

Jonathan Ayling is the Chief Executive of the Free Speech Union. In between running his Wairarapa vineyard and being Zen with his bees, he enjoys standing up for the freedoms that make New Zealand the stunning country it is.
Ani is a writer, political commentator, and the Editor of Digital for The Platform.