Freedom of Speech

UPDATED ** Was this student suspended because of the content of her Speech?

NZ High School student who claims to have been suspended because of a speech she made. -facebook

NZ High School student who claims to have been suspended because of a speech she made.

A High School student in a New Zealand High School appears to have been suspended for exercising her Freedom of speech. I was alerted to her situation via our tipline and below is her side of the story.

UPDATE: The Schools’s side of the story

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Plunket cleared for his attack on “ungrateful hua”

Sean Plunket has escaped sanction for his comments on Eleanor Catton:

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has rejected two complaints about Radio Live host Sean Plunket’s reaction to comments made by author Eleanor Catton.

In January this year, Plunket called Catton an “ungrateful hua” and a “traitor” for comments she made criticising the New Zealand Government while she was at a literary festival in India.

“Here’s the woman who’s a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and works at a publicly-funded institution, and has received a lot of financial help during her career to write things,” he said.

“Then she turns around and says, ‘I don’t get a fair crack’…

“That’s my opinion, that’s her opinion, we’re in a free country.”

The BSA received complaints that his comments were “bullying” and a personal attack on Catton.  Read more »

I need a lie down – Wrongly Wrongson agrees with me


The National Government needs to reconsider fast. Not only do I think that their Harmful Digital Communications bill is anti-freedom of speech and a disaster of a bill but Wrongly Wrongson agrees with me.

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Halfwit mayor Andrew Judd thinks being called a halfwit is hate speech, now he is just being a dickhead

The halfwit Mayor of New Plymouth has gone full retard thinking that me calling him a halfwit is hate speech.

A right wing blogger has labelled New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd a “halfwit” following the referendum on Maori wards.

Establishing a Maori ward for the district was voted down in a landslide on Friday, with 83 per cent of people voting against and only 17 per cent in favour.

Online commentary and debate came quick in wake of the decision with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater even calling for Judd’s head to roll.

“The halfwit Mayor in New Plymouth just can’t accept the result of a referendum he forced,” Slater said on his website.

“Instead of resigning, which an honourable man would do, he is now proposing other half baked solutions which will likely end up in the same place as his previous one…He should just resign and go lick his wounds in private – this wailing about a democratic result is pathetic,” Slater said in a post on his website.

Slater was one of hundreds who posted their thoughts across social media platforms and, like the poll results show, many were happy with the way it went.

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Face of the day

Art Barrios

Art Barrios is city planning commissioner for the town of El Monte in California.

Today’s face of the day is faced with losing his job because of making a comment on a facebook post from the website  As we have seen over and over again in the Media he has been backed into a corner and forced to make an apology for exercising his Freedom of Speech. His crime? ‘ Offending ‘  an organisation with suspected ties to Islamic terrorism that is a powerful lobby group in America.

If you want to know who rules over you, find out who you cannot criticize.”

-Pamela Geller

Yet again we are faced with the irony of an Islamic organisation that believes that we Infidels are inferior and should submit to Islam ( an offensive, hateful and bigoted world view ) claiming that someone that criticises Islam should lose their job for being hateful and a bigot.

Yet again we see the Media portraying the critics of Islam as the bad guys and Islam as the poor innocent victim who needs to be protected from hurtful words at the the expense of Free Speech and a man’s job.


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Face of the day

Pamela Geller Photo-jewishtribune

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and publisher of Photo-jewishtribune

Today’s face of the day is a personal heroine of mine. She is a speaker of the inconvenient truth. As an ex teacher of History I know that it is people and organisations like hers that can change the world. I also know that her battle will be uphill all the way. The kind of opposition she faces I would expect in a non democratic country where free speech has no place. The fact that she has had to fight for the right to Free Speech in America of all places is a frightening thing. Pamela’s response to critics after this weeks Jihadist attack on the American Freedom Defense Initiative Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest is below.

Some are saying I provoked this attack. But to kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it.

Sunday in Garland, Texas, a police officer was wounded in a battle that is part of a longstanding war: the war against the freedom of speech. Some people are blaming me for the Garland shooting — so I want to address that here.
The shooting happened at my American Freedom Defense Initiative Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, when two Islamic jihadists armed with rifles and explosives drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and attempted to gain entry to our event, which was just ending. We were aware of the risk and spent thousands of dollars on security — and it paid off. The jihadis at our free speech event were not able to achieve their objective of replicating the massacre at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine last January — and to go it one better in carnage. They were not able to kill anyone. We provided enormous security, in concert with the superb Garland police department. The men who took the aspiring killers down may have saved hundreds of lives.
And make no mistake: If it weren’t for the free-speech conference, these jihadis would have struck somewhere else — a place where there was less security, like the Lindt cafe in Australia or the Hyper Cacher Kosher supermarket in Paris.    Read more »

Face of the day


SBS presenter Scott McIntyre

Today’s face of the day has been sacked for exercising his right to freedom of speech. I do not agree that he should be sacked for saying what he said. If it is okay to do that to him it makes it okay for it to be done to us when we express a different view to that of our employers.

I will note however that he had signed a social media policy which I am not privy to. If it did make it clear that this kind of thing was unacceptable while employed by them then that is a different matter as it was his choice to accept those terms when he took the job.

He has the right to say things that are offensive and we have the right to mock him or disagree with him. That is what Freedom of Speech means. A contract with his employer specifically about the use of Social Media however, complicates the matter.

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A reader emails Jim Hubbard


Jim Hubbard penned a disgusting cartoon about me and my travels to Gallipoli to honour my great-grandfather Harry Crozier.

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The real bigots in our midst


Traditionally one calls a person a Bigot in order to silence them, usually when you lack a convincing counter argument.


Traditionally it is the left and the liberals who like to call middle and right leaning people Bigots but I think that it is well past time that we acknowledged the real bigots in our society.

Bigots are those who are intolerant of others opinions. Bigots ridicule others for having a different point of view. Bigots use violence and confrontation to stop others from taking part in legal and peaceful protest. Bigots burn their own countries flag because it was waved by those whose views they don’t share. Bigots are intolerant of the democratic rights of others if the others do not share their world view. Bigots only support Free Speech when they are making their views known, they want opposing views silenced.

These are the true bigots of our society.

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Faces of the day


Holly from Dunedin writes: “My flatmate lost his phone on Saturday and a couple of police officers took a selfie and posted it on Facebook so he would know it had been found. It had over 11,000 likes in less than 24 hours.”

-The Herald

Today’s faces of the day represent how I feel about the New Zealand Police. Like every profession some are nicer than others but all up I think they are the good guys who put themselves in danger daily in order to protect us all.They are real people who choose to do a difficult and often thankless job where they can be easy targets for verbal abuse and violence. I admire them.

Not everyone shares my view and this week I was angered to see the below image posted on TDB.

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