4 April 2017
A group of 27 high-profile New Zealanders, including unlikely allies such as Don Brash, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dame Tariana Turia, have penned an open letter warning that freedom of speech is under threat.
Kneejerk calls from Police and the Human Right Commission to introduce hate-speech laws will have the unintended consequence of suppressing free speech.
Education, open debate and understanding will change racist and intolerant views – not censorship, Paul Moon said.
Freedom of speech was intimately connected with freedom of thought, he said.
“There is no inalienable right not to be offended.
It is dangerous and wrong to silence someone because you take offence or don’t like what they say.”