Cambridge University's Proposed Free Speech Policy Allows the Disrespect of Views You Don't Agree With

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: December 15, 2020

In its plan to alter the existing statement on freedom of speech, the University of Cambridge said people must be "respectful" of "differing opinions" and "diverse identities". However, more than 100 scholars and senior staff quickly objected, saying the “authoritarian” proposals could threaten academic freedom. Their amendment to change the phrase ‘respectful` to ‘tolerate’ was voted on by members of the University’s governing body and won “by a landslide”.


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