'An awful look': Defence Force criticised for pulling controversial essay

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 7 Jul 2021, 6:46PM
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'An awful look': Defence Force criticised for pulling controversial essay

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 7 Jul 2021, 6:46PM

The essay that won a New Zealand Defence Force writing competition has been taken down - as it undermines 'inclusive culture.'

Newstalk ZB's obtained a copy of the article, which centres on free speech and anti-diversity.

It took out first prize in the private writing category, was published online, and then vanished.

In a statement, Army Chief Major General John Boswell accepts the decision to award the piece first place was an error.

He says out of the two entries, the essay won because it was well-written, but the views are not compatible with the army's values.

However, Stephen Franks from the Free Speech Coalition told Heather du Plessis-Allan that it seems that the Defence

"It doesn't alter the fact that it's an awful look for our general in charge of our army to look as if he's quaking in front of the woke bullies."

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