Current restrictions on free speech and growing censorship trends in North America, including within our educational institutions, are concerning, unreasonable, and contrary to the core values of a free society.
Within the context of our universities, institutions that should be bastions of free thought and open dialogue, we are witnessing increasing threats to free speech. On campuses across North America, there have been incidents of discussions being shut down, faculty members facing consequences for expressing dissenting views, and students being pressured to conform to set ideas without questioning or debate.
This censorship within the realm of education poses a grave threat to the core principles of democracy and the fundamental right to free speech, not to mention the purpose of higher education as an open marketplace of ideas.
Putting an end to censorship and upholding the values of free speech, particularly within our universities, would ensure a more open and informed society.
Call on your legislators to champion robust protection of free speech, including on university campuses, and an end to attempts at censorship! Let’s reaffirm the principles of open debate by upholding the right to free expression, especially within our institutions of higher learning, where the free exchange of ideas must be allowed to thrive.