London School of Economics free speech society faces ban threat after student files motion


By Aftab Ali of the Independent

A students’ union group at the London School of Economics (LSE) – established to fight against the banning of freedom of speech on campus – could, infact, itself be banned after a student filed a motion against it being “self-important and ill-informed.”

LSESU Speakeasy, founded by former spiked magazine intern Charlie Parker, was set up shortly after the online publication released its Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) last month which found LSE to have a “shocking score” when it came to stifling free speech.

spiked’s deputy editor, Tom Slater, described how LSESU Speakeasy was created to challenge an oppressive campus climate which has, in recent years, led to the students’ union to ban newspapers, censor pop songs, and also clamp down on student societies.

Read the whole story at Independent


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