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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

Can we still have democracy without free speech?

Updated: Apr 5

Free Speech flyer

"The prime minister, Chris Hipkins, announced on Wednesday that the government would halt efforts on the hate speech laws, as part of a wider effort to “refocus” the government on “bread and butter” economic issues in the wake of Jacinda Ardern’s resignation and with an election on the horizon."

You might think the debate over free speech is over now that Chippie is in charge. But, unfortunately, it isn't over; the worst thing now is for complacency to set in. We are still heavily censored by Big Tech, our mainstream media self-censors, and health professionals fear for their jobs and reputations if they question the "safe and effective" narrative. And do not overlook the Therapeutic Products Bill, which threatens the entire natural health sector with five-year jail terms and fines of $200,000 if they make a health claim that the "Regulator" disapproves. We are now in an Orwellian world, and I don't know about you, but I want out!

"Can we still have democracy without free speech? Misinformation, polarisation, and hate speech are presented as imminent threats to our society, but is censorship the right approach to address this? Join Danish lawyer Jacob Mchangama and the Free Speech Union as they travel New Zealand to understand why free speech is so important and what can be done to ensure it is used responsibly."

Join us tomorrow evening at the Penthouse Theatre:

Date and time Thu., 16 February 2023, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm NZDT

Location Penthouse Cinema & Cafe 205 Ohiro Road, Wellington.

Purchase your tickets here:

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