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Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:53

Berkeley Student Paper Whines Over Free Speech Protection

Written by  Brian Lilley

A student paper at UC Berkeley is complaining that free speech rules could lead to hate speech. Berkeley, once the home of the free speech movement, has over recent years become ground zero in the fight to shut down conservative speakers on campus.

After the University of Wisconsin approved a new policy last week supporting free speech and promising punishment for those that use violence to disrupt events on campus, The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley's independent student paper, blasted the idea.

"Did it ever occur to University of Wisconsin’s board of regents that heckling itself is a form of free speech?" the paper's editorial asked.

Of course the new policy doesn't punish people that merely heckle but rather those that repeatedly use violence and disorderly conduct to shut down events.

"A formal investigation and disciplinary hearing is required the second time a formal complaint alleges a student has engaged in violent or other disorderly misconduct that materially and substantially disrupted the free expression of others," the policy reads.

The policy advocates suspension after two such incidents and expulsion after three such events but also provides for a full and fair due process that can see students appeal any discipline.

Read more at TruthRevolt

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Sounds to me like they don't like being given their own medicine.

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Hopefully, the editors of The Daily Californian will now stand up for the rights of the anti-Left to speak freely. (And I'll believe THAT when I see it.) For far too many people, on the Right, and the Left, "free speech" means only the right to say what they want to hear. This attitude, of course, is most prevalent on the Left, but, yes, it does exist on the Right, too.

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