Sir Ken Macdonald: ‘Obnoxious’ Anti-Radicalisation Measures Attack Campus Free Speech

July 2, 2015

By Jack Grove at Times Higher Education

New laws to prevent radicalisation on campus have been branded “obnoxious” and an attack on free speech by one of the UK’s most senior lawyers.

Sir Ken Macdonald, former director of public prosecutions, said the Counter Terrorism and Security Act – which came into force this month – would have a chilling effect on intellectual debate and inquiry at universities.

Speaking at an event organised by Index on Censorship at Birkbeck, University of London on 1 July, Sir Ken said the new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation on campus was, in effect, a way to “limit speech which is not otherwise criminal”...