UKIP believes in allowing our people their traditional rights of freedom of expression, belief, conscience and speech. These rights have been eroded over recent decades by the burgeoning concepts of so-called ‘hate speech’ and ‘hate crime’, driven by the political doctrine of Cultural Marxism, which seeks to close down discussion and alternative views, so that only one extreme left-wing ‘politically correct’ viewpoint is allowed.
- UKIP will repeal the Equality Act 2010, and shut the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and Government Equality Office for their effects on free speech.
- We will repeal ‘hate speech’ guidelines that go well beyond a ban on incitement to violence and seek to criminalise speech and expression according to subjective criteria such as that it is ‘offensive’ or ‘disturbing’, etc.
- People in the UK must always have the freedom to criticise any religion, belief, or belief system. UKIP opposes the creation of a statutory definition of Islamophobia which will further curtail freedom of speech.
- We will ensure freedom of speech on university campuses and require that University Codes of Conduct pay particular regard to ensuring freedom of speech on campus.
- The government should not intervene to censor news sources that deviate from the mainstream media narrative, nor pressurise social media companies to deny access to individuals or commentators which do not fit the progressive narrative.