The foundation of all freedom
Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of a democratic society. It is the most important of all freedoms. It is the foundational freedom upon which every other right we enjoy - from the right to vote to the right to protest - is built. Without the freedom to think, write, publish, depict and debate as we see fit, all our political and social rights become meaningless.
Masters of our own minds
Freedom of speech makes us morally autonomous. It allows us to use our moral and mental muscles, to decide for ourselves, through discussion, debate and argument, what is a good idea and what is a bad one. It makes man the master of his own mind and fate, rather than allowing the authorities to treat us as infants by determining on our behalf what we may read, think and believe.
The midwife of enlightenment
Freedom of speech is the best guarantor of getting to the truth of a matter. Where censorship discourages debate in favour of silencing the allegedly offensive or hateful opinion, freedom of speech insists on holding people to account for their beliefs and challenging their claims in the public sphere. It is the midwife of enlightenment where censorship fuels only an unquestioning approach, and ultimately ignorance.
No censorship - ever
Freedom of speech must never be restricted. No state bans, no hate-speech legislation, no libel laws, no restrictions on the press, no mob pressure on people to conform to modern orthodoxies. For attacks on freedom of speech do not only commit the bad-enough offence of preventing someone from saying what he believes - they also reduce the rest of us to the level of children through blocking our eyes and ears, degrading our moral autonomy, stifling truth-seeking, and elevating stupidity over enlightenment.
Free speech now!
Freedom of speech makes us free. It makes us fully human, through allowing our minds to work and our views to matter. We are absolutely committed to breathing life back into this essential freedom, to fighting against all forms of censorship and intolerance, to ensuring that everyone - regardless of their viewpoint - enjoys the freedom to express themselves and to enter into the truth-determining fray of public life. We want free speech now, with no ifs, buts, erming, ahhing, restrictions, restraints or delay.
support the manifesto
2267 people have signed up!
Jacques Protic, Editor / www.Glasnost.Org.UK, UK
Never allow the system to Gag You - FOS is not a state gift but a right to be exercised by all
David Bastable, Retired, Canada
The Mother of all freedom. Without Free Speech, there is no freedom.
Ian Martin, Retired, UK
Free Speech is always under threat by those who believe they know better. Support this liberty, to lose it.
Callum McGarry, Student, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
In many circumstances, defending the principle of free speech can be an unpopular position to take. It is, however, important to stand up for the right in itself, and not just the right to express our own opinions.
Thomas de Leon, Student, United States
Freedom of speech is paramount in an increasingly interconnected world where individual action merges seamlessly with collective action. The people who seek to control it are trying to control the internet, full stop.
Bradford Graves, Sales, United States
Freedom of Speech and expression is the soil from which has grown every idea which has ever let mankind progress. It is absolutely vital to protect it, even if you disagree, even if you hate, what is being said.
Stuart Rae, Lawyer , UK
Long live the spirit of free speech and rebellion, any encroachment on free speech leads inexorably to mind control by authority, and must be resisted at all costs.
sharmini brookes, Second-hand bookshop assistant and freelance writer for artslink.co.za, South Africa
If I want to test my views I check spiked because you're not afraid to say what you think even if that may offend someone. Carry on speaking out!
Ceri Dingle, Director WORLDwrite & WORLDbytes, UK
Without freedom of speech our minds are caged and ideas will wither.
Alan Dunlop, Group Manager, ICT Company, Australia
I believe in free speech and the our Australian Government needs to repeal S 18 (c) of the Racial Discrimination Act as it retricts free speech as to not "offend" others. I support Spiked in that free speech should not be feared, but welcomed as a way to debate the views of others, not stifled.
Sue Leong, France
Without freedom of speech, we are alreay dead
Sage Chase, Journalism Student, United States of America
Nothing is more worth defending in these days of political correctness and ideological bullying.
Ray Barnett, Copywriter, Australia
For the first time in centuries, we are no longer allowed to say what we think. The right to be offended outweighs the right to freedom of speech. The problem is that no can ever guarantee that no one will be offended. This Left wing campaign must be rooted out of society. Thank you for your efforts.
Andy Stark, England
Nothing more terrifying than the thought of a world without Free Speech. We're heading there now......
Mark Stanley, care worker, britain
James Burchett, Business Manager/UBS, United Kingdom
I cant think of anything more important than re-establishing Free Speech as the cornerstone of civilisation.
Mark Iddon, Architect and Owner of Urbanization Architects., England
This is the most important campaign of the moment to which I give my wholehearted support for a big impact and presence.
Lee Gaizak Brooks, France • Veronica Curtis, UK • Chris Harley, UK • Martha Brown, UK • Dwayne Stude, USA • Giselle Gonzalez, Colombia • Dominic Dibbs, England • Clifford Hall, UK • Daniel Miller, Uk • basil howard, england • Anne Kerr, Australia • Jacqui Radford, United Kingdom • Vincent Bate, England • Johnny van Heteren, United States • Leo Forfar, England • val hubbard, Spain • Steven Parks, United Kingdom • Vaidas Morkevicius, Lithuania • David Mirfin, Switzerland • Judith Atkinson, UK • Mark Spear, England • Casey Musselman, United States • R K, USA • R Emslie, U.K. • Alison Wolf, UK • Kojo Opoku Aidoo, Ghana • Yogesh Kamdar, India • Andy Mansell, UK • Andrew Cox, United Kingdom • Lynn Moll, USA • Carlton Burns, England • Brian Burnell, United Kingdom • Geoffrey Baldock, Australia • Peter Riches, Japan • Andrea Seaman, Switzerland • Barry Goubler, • Joe Luxton, England • Alistair Gordon, England • Jill Forbes, England • Pol O`Farrell, Ireland • Neil Graham, England • Shai Skiba, Israel • Charles Macgregor, Scotland. Europe. • William McAuley, United Kingdom • Essa Fakhry, Ireland • Thomas Murphy, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus • Deborah Robertson, United Kingdom • Peter Spurrier, UK • David Cotterell, UK • Barbara Wither, US • Andrew Williams, Australia • Julian lagnado, France • Josh Woodworth, UK • Catherine Johnson, United Kingdom • Sam Bonner, New Zealand • Martin Priestnall, UK • Julian Tol, Australia • Joseph Kilroy, Ireland • Lisa M, United States • Alicia Mosley, England • martin gillick, Ireland • Ian Woolley, United Kingdom • Ben Smith, Australia • Lloyd Donohoe, Australia • Adelah Bilal, United Kingdom • Cody Curry, United States • Steve Foulger, United Kingdom • Luke Appleby, UK • Bill Graham, Scotland (UK) • Frank Vernor, Scotland • r baker, usa • Paula Dauncey, United Kingdom • Anthony JP Robinson, Australia • STEVCHE RISTEVSKI, AUSTRALIA • Chuck Riggs, Ireland • Colin Feltham, England • Emily Hopkinson, United Kingdom • Robert Vieusseux, Australia • Ellamay Russell, United Kingdom • Adam M, Canada • Dr Andrew Campbell , Australia • Simon Curtis, United Kingdom • Alex Dale, England • John Lafferty, Australia • Julia Crighton, uk • James Heartfield, England • Helene Groen, Denmark • Tyler Fenby, USA • jim yeo, uk • andreas henrichs, germany • Damian Leslie, United Kingdom • Patrick Quigley, England • John Sangster , United Kingdom. • Sam Allen, • Adam Voxblad, Sweden • Matt Fox, GB • Reka Mathe, Hungary
Other signatories include:
Free speech events
Explore the crisis afflicting our core freedoms in Washington, DC, 15 October.Get tickets