The lines on free speech are becoming blurred – Times Higher Education Debate

From Times Higher Education, here is an article in which I debate with academics and contributors to Spiked’s ‘Free Speech University Rankings’ about whether UK student unions pose a threat to free speech.

Robin Thicke, Nietzsche and Page 3 do not, at first glance, appear to have a great deal to do with terrorism.

But there is a thread that links all three, suggests a new ranking – freedom of speech. Thicke’s song Blurred Lines (accused by some campaigners of glorifying rape), a society dedicated to the German philosopher, and The Sun have all been banned from UK universities.

At a time when higher education leaders are battling against the government’s proposed counter-terrorism bill, those behind the Free Speech University Rankings, produced by the online magazine Spiked, claim their findings mean that institutions should get their own houses in order before taking the fight to the home secretaryContinue reading on Times Higher Education

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