STATEMENT
Index withdraws from Truth to Power events
24 Oct 2018
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Earlier today, Index on Censorship became aware that the organiser of an event, of which we are a media partner, disinvited Julie Bindel as a speaker after other participants accused her of inciting hatred towards transgender people and complained about her involvement.

We recognise that the event organiser Jeremy Goldstein has apologised for his mistake and offered to reinstate Bindel on the panel and she has refused.

Index believes that all speech – eccentric, contentious, heretical, unwelcome, provocative, bigoted – should be protected unless it directly incites violence.

Index on Censorship will no longer support this event.

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6 responses to “Index withdraws from Truth to Power events”

  1. Mandy says:

    Thank you so much for this. Women are being silenced on an unprecedented scale for defending their own sex-based rights. The censoring of progressive feminist thinking is leading society down some very dangerous paths. I don’t believe this is a trans liberation movement. I believe trans people’s vulnerabilities are being exploited to advance the cause of misogyny.

  2. Mary Hinsley says:

    Thank you, in a world where Women speaking to and for Women are being No Platformed, it is vital that organisations and institutions stand firm on their principles of free speech and open free debate. So many organisation and institutions are fearful of their funding and perceived reputations they are in fact harming and dictating what Women are allowed to say this is dictatorial and regressive in the 21rst Century. So again thank you for standing by your beliefs.

  3. Julian Vigo says:

    Wow! I am shocked that an organisation has finally done the right thing! Thank you so much for supporting free speech (and logic)!

  4. susan flindt says:

    Thank you for taking a stand for freedom of speech.

  5. Sara says:

    That actually feels quite huge. With Liberty and Amnesty specifically excluding gender critical voices and calling for women to be shunned, its refreshing to find that there is a group defending freedom of speech.

  6. Tessa McInnes says:

    Thank you for taking a stand. You are one of the very few organisations to draw attention to the oppression of no- platforming. It’s good that the organisers of this event have apologised and offered to reinstate. But that is inadequate. They should considered the issue fully and calmly before acting upon unfounded, malicious accusations. It is deplorable.