A message from the Free Speech Coalition on Massey University

Last evening Massey University sent us its response to our information requests, filed under the Official Information Act, after Don Brash was banned from speaking on its campus.

David Farrar, a member of the Coalition, has blogged his first impressions of the internal email correspondence: Quote:

Massey lying over cancellation of Brash speech

Since the backlash over Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas cancelling Don Brash’s speech to the Politics Society, Massey University has tried to claim it had nothing to do with his views, and it was purely because of concerns over security.

Documents released under the OIA show this to be a blatant lie.

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The New Zealand Herald has picked up the story: Internal emails reveal Massey University vice-chancellor more concerned about Don Brash racism than security.

In short, the documents appear to show our worst fears: Massey is trying to ban people on the basis that the academic elite doesn’t like their views.

We have uploaded the documents to a public dropbox folder here.  On behalf of the Coalition, Dr David Cumin has issued this media release calling on the University to investigate the apparent falsehoods in Professor Thomas’ public statements.

David Farrar will also be joining Leighton Smith on Auckland’s Newstalk ZB in half an hour (at 11:10am), and Radio LIVE after 4pm.

Can you help?

The response to our request is in excess of 850 pages.  Given the mounting legal bills (remember we are still proceeding with the case against Phil Goff!) we don’t have the spare cash to pay lawyers to trawl through the material when we should be able to do this internally.

If you have time over the next 24 to 48 hours, can you help by going through the documents? We are setting up shared google docs so we can all work on:

  1. the timeline of key events – a good start would be having someone arranging all of the communications into date order;
  2. a list of examples in the communications of dishonesty, bias, and/or prejudice; and
  3. a list of examples in the communications of indifference to freedom of expression, freedom of assemble, and freedom of association.

If you are able to help, please reply to this email and we will come back to you by the end of the day with the technical details of how best to carry out the project. Massey’s full response is available to download here.

Alternatively, help us continue to fight for freedom of speech in New Zealand – including standing up to the likes of Phil Goff and Professor Thomas – by making a donation on our secure website.

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