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Warwick Student Union have now done the right thing – but universities themselves must step up to defend free speech

Warwick Student Union have now done the right thing – but universities themselves must step up to defend free speech

Opinion | Mon, 28 Sep 2015

After taking relentless criticism on Twitter and Facebook, Warwick Student Union has reversed its decision to block Maryam Namazie from speaking on campus. Though the right decision has been made in the end, universities themselves must step up to defend free speech from puritanical student unions.

NSS Speaks Out

In the past week the National Secular Society has been widely quoted in the media on a range of issues. Our campaigns manager Stephen Evans was quoted in the Independent, the International Business Times, Breitbart and by the Christian Institute on Warwick Student Union's (now reversed) decision to bar Marymam Namazie from speaking on campus. Our executive director Keith Porteous Wood was also quoted in the International Business Times on Warwick's external speaker policy.

Our joint free speech campaign with the Christian Institute has been noted in the Church Times and the Institute mentioned the NSS in their reports.

NSS president Terry Sanderson contributed to a radio programme on faith and the British military for BFBS Radio which was broadcast on Sunday 27th September.

Communications officer Ben Jones spoke on LBC about a public crematorium which removed a cross to make the space religiously neutral, and campaigns officer Alastair Lichten spoke on BBC Radio Solent about whether Christmas was now a de facto secular celebration.

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