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TEACHING STUDENTS TO FEAR FREE SPEECH

December 9, 2013

By Joanna Williams at Spiked

Academic writing, especially when it uses complex rhetoric to hide a lack of substance, can often seem deliberately impenetrable. But in my experience, it's rare even for universities to produce material that says one thing and means precisely the opposite. But that's exactly what the codes of practice on freedom of speech adopted in English and Welsh universities are doing. These codes set out the conditions with which students organising meetings or demonstrations must comply. They determine the limits to free speech in universities...