Communications Manager Kate Andrews’ comments on the Home Secretary’s decision to deny Julien Blanc entry to the UK were featured in The Australian, CityAM, and the Daily Mail.
From The Australian:
The decision to deny the Swiss-born American a visa has led to a furious debate in the UK about freedom of speech.
Kate Andrews from the Adam Smith Institute said banning people simply because they expressed offensive views set a dangerous precedent.
Ms Andrews suggests people should boycott Mr Blanc’s events and turn off their TVs.
“Debate is better than banning it,” she told Sky News.
While the decision to deny a visa to a 25-year old pick up artist may please those who signed the petition others are concerned about the precedent the decision may set in terms of free speech.
Kate Andrews, communications manager at the Adam Smith Institute, wrote:
Surely, we must recognise that there is a fundamental difference between the private sphere taking away one man’s platform to be noticed, and the state taking away every person’s platform to speak freely without threat of punishment or criminalisation.
Some worry that barring Blanc from the UK will actually increase his appeal and turn him into a matyr.
From the Daily Mail:
But Kate Andrews, of the respected Adam Smith Institute think tank, said: “The decision to deny Julien Blanc’s entrance into the UK has set the precedent that freedoms of speech and expression can be criminalised, if and when enough people sign a petition.
“Blanc’s comments are socially reprehensible and offensive to both men and women, but if we do not respect the rights of the offensive, we start risking the safety of any minority viewpoint.”