Censorship on University campuses is sadly alive and well, with the Portsmouth University Students’ Union announcing their decision to ‘postpone’ a talk by conservative journalist Peter Hitchens.
In a statement, they say: “The Students’ Union has received a Have Your Say idea and multiple views from students, through a variety of channels, expressing concerns over the published views of an invited speaker as part of the Union’s Big Talks programme.
“The Students’ Union has also received a Have Your Say idea and heard from students who have raised concerns that the lawful right of Freedom of Speech is protected at the University of Portsmouth and wish the Union to ensure the event continues.
Hi Ashleigh, The Union has taken the decision to postpone a talk by Peter Hitchens due concerns raised by students relating to a conflict between his published views and the current campaign running which celebrates LGBT+ history. More info at: https://t.co/f2tnuvXooi
— UPSU (@portsmouthsu) February 6, 2019
“Peter Hitchens, a Sunday Mail columnist, was due to speak at the Students’ Union on the 12th February about a variety of topics. However it has since been highlighted that the published views of Peter Hitchens are not necessarily aligned with the Students’ Union’s vibrant celebration of the LGBT+ community this month.”
The President of Portsmouth Student Union, Violet Karapaseva, said: “We are committed to ensuring freedom of speech on the University of Portsmouth campus, however recognise that the timing of the scheduled event and the speaker’s previously published views do not align with our current celebration of the LGBT+ community.”
Hitchens himself responded to the news by tweeting: “Thought Police alert: Portsmouth University Students’ Union have ‘postponed’a meeting I was due address next Tuesday, because my opinions are unacceptable.
“Poor old Pompey has suffered so much in defence of English freedom, and this is how it all ends.”
Another example of free speech and critical thinking being killed off and replaced by snowflake, small-minded censorship.