• IRELAND UNCENSORED and the Hate Speech Bill

    With a sold-out event and 100’s on the waiting list, it is clear that #IrelandUncensored was a momentous success. Despite this resounding demonstration from the Irish public,

    Helen McEntee’s plans to push through the Hate Speech Bill when the Seanad resumes on Wednesday, 20 September.

    Speaking to Gript Media our Spokesperson, Sarah Hardiman, had the following to say,

    “ At the time when this law hit the Seanad, senators were very cognisant of the public’s concerns … Today’s event was about really making sure that come the end of the summer recess, that they are still listening to the public. ”

    During a panel discussion on the Censorship Industrial Complex, Michael Shellenberger said that the Hate Speech Bill was “the worst law I have seen in my entire career of working on political issues”.

    Laoise de Brún of The Countess provided a deep-dive of the Hate Speech Bill and the EU Directive “that apparently compelled the government to introduce this bill”.

    She had the following to say about Section 10 of the Bill:

    Gript’s Ben Scallan stressed the importance of raising our concerns with our political representatives, “when a politician knocks on your door […] make it known to them that censorship is something you’re worried about.”

    The livestream of the event can be watched back here:

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  • The criminal trial of Finnish parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen

    “The criminal trial of Finnish parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola is underway before the Helsinki Court of Appeal….Both stand accused of “hate speech” for publicly expressing their faith-based beliefs. “The parliamentarian of over…

  • 5 Reasons “Hate Speech” Laws are a Poisoned Cure

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  • FSI & Gript Announce Major Event

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  • Intolerant Ireland: The Cancelling of the THINK LOCAL Festival

    Sarah Hardiman is the spokesperson for “Free Speech Ireland”, a group advocating for the protection of freedom of speech, expression and assembly in Ireland. The past fortnight in Ireland has seen “cancel-culture” reach a new…