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Study: “Cancel Culture” Decimating Free Speech At World’s Leading Universities

“Academics cannot speak freely of the leading subjects of their day including on race, gender, the outcomes of elections, their views on religion, or on discrimination itself for fear of judgements that lead to eventual penalty or censorship”

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A study by leading education focused think tank Civitas has found that free speech at the world’s leading universities is being eroded at an alarming rate owing to the rise of “cancel culture”.

The study found that within the past three years, more than 68 per cent of universities in the UK have seen free speech severely restricted, with academics unable to meaningfully discuss the nuances of issues such as race and gender.

The report notes that universities including Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews, three of the world’s premiere institutions are among those that have fallen into a “red” category for free speech following instances of “no platforming” of scheduled speakers.

The study warns that the situation has gotten so severe that it requires government legislation to stop campus censorship at 48 universities, the equivalent of at least 35 per cent of institutions.

Civitas noted that a further 70 institutions, over half, placed into a “amber category”, have experienced restrictions on freedom of expression that should be looked into by university watchdog The Office for Students.

Researchers noted that freedom of speech “could be curbed by perceived transphobic episodes” in an alarming number of institutions, and that a “cancel culture” of open letters and or petitions from “external pressure groups” is eroding free speech.

Lead researcher Jim McConalogue noted “Our findings suggest that 86 per cent of universities faced either severe or moderate free speech restrictions which need to be addressed.”

“The fundamental issue must be dealt with because students and academics find themselves in educational institutions in which they cannot speak freely of the leading subjects of their day including on race, gender, the outcomes of elections, their views on religion, or on discrimination itself for fear of judgements that lead to eventual penalty or censorship,” McConalogue explained.

A previous Civitas report, published last month, found that “The racialisation of campus relations is driving a wedge between students and undermines any sense of our common humanity”.

The report also noted that there is no statistical evidence that ‘ethnicity’ determines the educational attainment of higher education students:

The latest Civitas study was undertaken before another prominent incident at Cambridge University, with dons rejecting ‘authoritarian guidelines’ from the university that decreed opinions should be “respectful of the diverse identities of others”.

Academics instead said they will promote ‘tolerance’ of differing opinions, and are backing amendments to make it more difficult for public speakers to be ‘no-platformed’ based on their beliefs and opinions.

In one particular incident, some students at Clare College, Cambridge, attempted to get a city councillor (who is also a porter at the college) fired for refusing to support a pro-trans motion.

The decimation of free speech at universities has become so severe that the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced earlier this year that stamping out ‘no platforming’ was a top priority.

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Williamson has warned that legislation for new laws against censorship will have to be introduced if the trend continues.

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Media Outlet Files Lawsuit to Challenge FAA Ban on Drone Footage at Texas Border

10,000 plus migrants massing as White House attempts cover-up by censoring press.

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A media outlet has filed a lawsuit in response to the Biden administration’s attempt to censor coverage of the 10,000-plus strong Haitian migrant army amassing under the Del Rio International Bridge by banning drones from flying over the area.

After Fox News, Infowars and other media outlets captured shocking footage of the huge mass of migrants, the FAA issued new flight restrictions banning the flight of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), a clear attempt to help the White House cover-up what’s really going on and control the narrative.

The lawsuit, filed by Free Speech Systems, argues that the federal government’s shut down of drone coverage “serves no other purpose than to hamper the efforts of the press in covering the unfolding crisis, in violation of Free Speech Systems’ First Amendment rights and should not stand.”

“Because of the significant number and the remote location of the migrants, it is difficult for the press to photograph the mass of migrants with traditional means, which renders the press unable to fully express the scope of the crisis in visual format, which is a critical component of the news stories that are being covered on the ground,” argues the lawsuit.

It further asserts that the use of drones is a crucial “newsgathering tool to capture images and videos of the mass of migrants and to measure, estimate, and document facts such as crowd size and movements across the border during this breaking news event and humanitarian crisis.”

The federal government’s ban on drones represents interference in the function of newsgathering and the exercise of the First Amendment, the lawsuit states, adding that drones do not represent a security risk because they operate below 400 feet, an elevation “not likely to interfere with the operation of manned aircraft, including any government aircraft that may be operating in the area.”

The lawsuit demands that the feds immediately rescind the ban on the use of drones for newsgathering purposes.

With at least 10,000 migrants already gathered in the area, intelligence suggests that this number could at least double in the coming days, emphasizing again why the Biden administration would like to censor the press to stop the truth being broadcast.

Read the full lawsuit here.

Infowars was able to capture shocking exclusive footage before the ban took effect after a launching a drone from the Mexico side of the border. Look out for that to be posted soon.

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Reddit Bans Vaccine-Skeptic Subreddit Just Days After CEO Promised to Defend “Dissent”

Subreddit deplatformed after hissy fit by left-wing users.

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Reddit has completely banned a vaccine-skeptic subreddit just days after CEO Steve Huffman promised not to while claiming the site values “dissent.”

Well, that lasted long.

“Dissent is a part of Reddit and the foundation of democracy,” Huffman wrote in a blog post. “Reddit is a place for open and authentic discussion and debate.”

However, this sentiment wasn’t shared by Reddit’s notoriously censoriously intolerant left-wing community, which protested against Huffman’s free speech stance by switching numerous major subreddits to ‘private’ and vowing to keep them locked until vaccine skeptics were deplatformed.

That duly happened when the ‘r/NoNewNormal’ subreddit was placed in quarantine and then banned altogether.

The site justified the move by claiming ‘r/NoNewNormal’ users were brigading other forums (invading them to cause discord), something that’s only acceptable when left-wingers do it.

“In short, Reddit used an evidence-free claim to banish a forum which had 120,000 members engaging in “open and authentic discussion and debate” over vaccines, masks, and authoritarianism,” reports Zero Hedge.

54 other subreddits that dared to question mask mandates or the efficacy and safety of vaccines were also put under quarantine, meaning they don’t appear in search and users have to enter an email address to access their content.

As we highlighted last year, Reddit’s site policy openly allows hate speech against “people who are in the majority” – in other words, white people.

Back in 2019, a Reddit page dedicated to black issues declared that white people are no longer allowed to post there anymore.

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Questions Over Why Twitter Gives Taliban a Platform While Banning American Dissidents

Apparently, actual terrorist organizations are fine.

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Questions continue to swirl over why some social media platforms like Twitter are giving the Taliban, a terrorist organization under U.S. law, a public platform having permanently banned American dissidents and the President of the United States himself.

After Facebook and YouTube moved to ban any accounts associated with the Taliban following their takeover of Afghanistan, Twitter faced scrutiny as to why it hadn’t followed suit.

When a Taliban representative was asked for a response on the ban, he chided Facebook for tacitly supporting free speech while silencing those who express the wrong opinions.

“This question should be asked to those people who are claiming promoters of freedom of speech, who do not allow publication of all information. I can ask the Facebook company. This question should be asked to them,” said the Taliban spokesman.

However, Twitter has yet to suspend any major Taliban accounts, having previously banned the sitting President of the United States, Donald Trump, back in January.

“A spokesman for the radical Islamist group that has seized control of Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, has been using the platform to give updates about the group’s advance,” reports Fox News.

“Mujahid’s account is not verified but has nearly 280,000 followers and is regularly cited by major news outlets.”

Twitter has indicated that prominent Taliban members will be free to continue to use the platform so long as they “obey the rules.”

The Babylon Bee joked that Trump had secretly sneaked back on Twitter by identifying as a Taliban spokesperson.

While Islamic terrorist organizations are given free reign to amplify their propaganda by Twitter, American dissidents like Alex Jones, Roger Stone and countless others were banned years ago.

“Joe Rogan interviews all-American Alex Jones and the corporate media demands he be banned for “giving a platform to extremists,” commented Mike Cernovich.

“These same corporate media employees are giving a platform to the Taliban, and uncritically sharing their propaganda.”

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