Stu­dents: free­dom of speech alive at Uni

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Is free speech un­der threat at New Zealand uni­ver­si­ties?

AUT Univer­sity his­tory pro­fes­sor Paul Moon has penned a letter, signed by 27 prom­i­nent Ki­wis, that re­jects ‘‘the force­ful si­lenc­ing of dis­sent­ing views’’ on univer­sity cam­puses.

Moon used the ex­am­ple of the forced clo­sure of the Euro­pean stu­dent club at Auck­land Univer­sity, call­ing it a slip­pery slope to be wary of.

We asked stu­dents at Auck­land Univer­sity what they think - is there a lot of hate speech about? Or is the furore a storm in a teacup? have found it - like Auck­land Univer­sity - to be a very in­clu­sive place.

DAVID WHITE

En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Sher­jeel She­hzad, 18, says he hasn’t seen ‘‘any at­tempts at cen­sor­ship’’ at Auck­land Univer­sity.

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