Massey University’s invitation to activist Tame Iti as a ‘resident activist’ shows the university’s leadership has turned to facilitating controversial speech and this is welcomed by the Free Speech Coalition.
“Massey University should be commended for its change of heart this week by inviting Mr Iti to be its newest activist in residence. This follows an illiberal period at the University during which it has instituted censorship.”
In August last year, Massey University banned Dr Don Brash from speaking about his experiences as the National Party’s leader at a student-led event. Information released under the Official Information Act revealed that Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas disapproved of Dr Brash’s political views and actively sought ways of disinviting him.
Whether or not top bureaucrats like what people have to say, they should be allowed to say it! —Eds