The Heretic: Inside Peter Ridd’s fight for freedom of speech on climate change is an insiders’ account of Peter Ridd’s ongoing legal battle with James Cook University. It tells the story of why Peter spoke out on the bad science surrounding climate change and the Great Barrier Reef, the extraordinary lengths that James Cook University went to silence him, and how Peter fought back in court.
The Heretic podcast is now available. To listen click here.
The Ridd case – Next steps
Following James Cook University’s lodgement appeal against Peter’s win in the Federal Circuit Court, a hearing is expected to be held in the Federal Court of Australia in late May 2020.
At this stage, Peter is not accepting donations on his GoFundMe page, having raised over $600,000 so far, which will cover legal expenses for the Federal Court hearing. Many thanks to the thousands of people who have donated!
As always, we will keep you updated with further developments in Peter Ridd’s fight for freedom of speech on climate change.
You can read the IPA’s most recent media release on the case here.
Background on the court case
In May 2018, after an academic career of more than 30 years, Peter had his employment terminated as a professor of physics at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Peter had spoken against the accepted orthodoxy that climate change was ‘killing’ the Great Barrier Reef.
There’s some absolute rubbish being spoken about the reef and people’s livelihoods are being put in jeopardy. If nobody will stand up, then this is just going to go on and on and on. It has to be stopped.
Peter’s court case has enormous implications for the international debate about climate change, and for the ongoing crisis surrounding freedom of speech.
Please click here for IPA’s key articles on Peter Ridd’s case, and relevant Great Barrier Reef science.
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