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Freedom of Speech in Universities inquiry


The Committee found that a number of factors are limiting free speech including:

  • intolerant attitudes, often incorrectly using the banner of “no platforming”
    and “safe-space” policies;
  • incidents of unacceptable intimidatory behaviour by protestors intent on
    preventing free speech and debate;
  • unnecessary bureaucracy imposed on those organising events;
  • fear and confusion over what the Prevent duty entails;
  • regulatory complexity;
  • unduly complicated and cautious guidance from the Charity Commission;
  • concern by student unions not to infringe what they perceive to be restrictions.

The Committee has examined the impact of these factors.

Responses published