‘Any number of cases’ against free speech in Australia as Free Speech Unions is launched

Professor Andrew Timming says there is “any number of cases” against free speech in Australia “right now” and the Free Speech Union of Australia has been launched to help people who are afraid to express themselves.

The Free Speech Union is a British organisation which was established in early 2020 by columnist Toby Young.

Its sister organisations were founded in New Zealand in 2021 and South Africa in 2022.

“The way I like to think about this is a bit like an iceberg – you have, above the water, the very visible cases: the Moira Deemings, the Peter Ridds – people who are known to have been cancelled for what they said,” Mr Timming told Sky News Australia.

“Below the water is what you don’t see, and that is a much bigger mass of people who self-censor, people who are afraid to express themselves … and a large number of people who have been cancelled but simply don’t have a voice to let others know that they have been cancelled.

‘any number of cases’ against free speech in australia as free speech unions is launched

‘Any number of cases’ against free speech in Australia as Free Speech Unions is launched

“There is the value of the Free Speech Union – you’re not alone, you have people behind you, you have people with you and you have people with resources who can help you.”

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