Britain’s Education Secretary Aims to Create ‘Free Speech Champions’ to Protect Speech at Universities

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The government plans to create “free speech champions” who will sit in the Office for Student’s board and regulate matters such as ‘no platforming’ or ‘deplatforming’ of guest speakers by universities or student unions.  Education Secretary Gavin Williamson provided the rationale for the move by describing the “chilling effect” that “silencing” certain people and ideas has on universities. The newly-created post is merely one component of a series of proposals, announced today, which aim
The government plans to create “free speech champions” who will sit in the Office for Student’s board and regulate matters such as ‘no platforming’ or ‘deplatforming’ of guest speakers by universities or student unions.  Education Secretary Gavin Williamson provided the rationale for the move by describing the “chilling effect” that “silencing” certain people and ideas has on universities. The newly-created post is merely one component of a series of proposals, announced today, which aim

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