The Free Speech Union (FSU) was launched in February 2020 by journalist Toby Young as a non-partisan, mass-membership public interest body that stands up for the speech rights of its members.
Less than two years later, the FSU has almost 9,000 members and has provided support, including legal support, for over 500 people to push back against cancellation.
While some people doubt that ‘cancel culture’ exists, the evidence from the FSU caseload suggests it is very real indeed as this engaging panel reveals.
In this session, we hear from individuals who’ve experienced first-hand what it’s like to be cancelled, but fought back – often successfully.
The speakers are: Sam Bayliss – Writer; literature student, University of Edinburgh; member, Free Speech Champions Nick Buckley MBE – Charity founder, writer, former mayoral candidate Lisa Keogh – Law graduate, Abertay University Harry Miller – Chairman, The Reclaim Party; founder, Fair Cop Gillian Philip – Carnegie Medal-nominated writer; driver.
The Chair is Toby Young – General Secretary, Free Speech Union; author, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People; Associate Editor, Spectator.