Why you should join the Free Speech Union

We recently posted a piece about how Robinson College, Cambridge, refused to even meet with us in relation to our wish to explore the possibility of booking their conference facilities in 2022, for an International Conference on Men’s Issues. They claimed that allowing us to book their facilities would breach their policies in relation to Prevent, the government’s anti-terrorism strategy.

In response to this and other efforts by organizations (or private individuals e.g. students and others at Cambridge university) to deny us freedom of speech – memorable examples include Amnesty International (2015), Cambridge and Winchester universities (2019) – I’ve just joined the Free Speech Union. Full membership costs £4.95 for monthly membership, or £49.95 for annual membership. Lower prices (£2.49pcm / £24.95pa) for discount membership.

Established recently by the Spectator columnist Toby Young, the FSU is an ambitious and potentially important venture, and I urge supporters of J4MB to become members, and inform the FSU why they’re doing so. If you join, please post some comments in response to this blog piece, explaining why you’ve done so.

The FSU website has a link to a video (10:08) of Toby Young speaking outside a college at – appropriately for J4MB – Cambridge university. From the home page of the FSU website:

Free speech is the bedrock on which all our other freedoms rest, yet it is currently in greater peril than at any time since the Second World War. The Free Speech Union is a non-partisan, mass-membership organisation that stands up for the speech rights of its members. If you think there’s a risk you’ll be penalised for exercising your legal right to free speech, whether it’s in the workplace or the public square, you need the protection of the Free Speech Union. How might we protect you?

  • If you find yourself being targeted by a digital outrage mob on social media for having exercised your legal right to free speech, we will mobilise an army of supporters.

  • If a petition is launched calling for you to be fired, when you’ve done nothing other than exercise your legal right to free speech, we’ll organise a counter-petition.

  • If you’re no-platformed by a university—a feminist professor who challenges trans orthodoxy, for instance—we’ll encourage you to go to law and organise a crowdfunding campaign to pay your costs.

  • If newspaper columnists and broadcasting pundits start attacking you for dissenting from orthodox views and opinions, we could get our allies in the media to come to your defence.

  • If you’re punished by your employer because you’ve exercised your lawful right to free speech, we’ll do our best to provide you with legal assistance.

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