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2024: A message from the Free Speech Union of South Africa (FSU SA)
sara@irr.org.za
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Jan 22, 2024

This new year's message is our view on possible challenges to free speech to watch out for in 2024. Between the national and provincial election expected in May, and legislation awaiting the president's signature to turn them into law, complacency is not an option.

Sustaining free speech, confronting hate
sara@irr.org.za
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Nov 27, 2023

The global protests over the Israel/Hamas war have brought to the fore the debate about whether there are limits to free speech. Sara suggests that marches should not be banned because of the hate speech, antisemitism and racism that has been expressed by marches over the past few weeks. The marches provide information necessary to tackle the issues raised and the ordinary law can be employed to deal with incitement, threats to violence and actual violence.

Hate speech bill unconstitutional and unnecessary – FSU SA
sara@irr.org.za
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Nov 14, 2023

The Free Speech Union of South Africa believes the Hate Speech Bill is both unconstitutional and unnecessary. In its written and oral submissions to the Select Committee on Security and Justice (Committee), the FSU SA recommended that the Bill be scrapped.

A bizarre and chilling example of what cancel culture can wreak
Free Speech Union UK
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Oct 02, 2023

War hero Dr Kelvin Wright cleared of wrongdoing by British Army for holding ‘gender critical’ views! Free Speech Union member Dr Kelvin Wright, a colonel, was forced out of the British army after a transphobia complaint for stating that “men cannot be women”. Dr Wright has been cleared but his army career is over.

What is free speech?
sara@irr.org.za
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Oct 02, 2023

'What is free speech?' is a short, explainer video to explain what free speech is and why it is so important to you and society.

"Dubul' ibhunu" or "Kill the boer" - free speech or hate speech? - 3
Daily Friend
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Aug 22, 2023

The sight of nearly 100,000 supporters and officials at the EFF's 10th anniversary singing "Kill the boer" and led by Julius Malema was very sobering. His actions and the theatrical staging of the event invoke images of Hitler's Nuremberg rally in 1933, immortalised by film director Leni Riefenstahl. Malema clearly intended the world to see it. Should the song be allowed to be an exercise in free speech, however, distasteful its subject? Or should it be hate speech and therefore subject to legal action? Two articles which were recently published in The Daily Friend exam the issue. The unexpected third article is by Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Friend, Michael Morris.

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