By Sam Pinto
On June 11, 2015, CJFE hosted "Criminalizing Hate: The limits of Speech in Canada," a public debate on hate speech legislation in Canada. Four law and civil rights experts debated whether or not Canada’s existing laws are necessary in our democratic society, and what effects they have on our right to free expression.
The debate addressed the following resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that Canada's hate speech laws are necessary.
Speakers in Favour:
On June 11, 2015, CJFE hosted a public debate on the limits of free speech and the necessity of hate speech legislation in Canada. The debate addressed the following questions:
Bernie Farber and David Butt defended the resolution while Clayton Ruby and Sukanya Pillay argued against it, moderated by Julian Sher.
Time: 6:00 p.m. (members-only AGM)
7:30 p.m. (public debate)
Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for our members-only Annual General Meeting and the election of our Board of Directors. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be open.
By Stefan Rinas
While freedom of expression is technically guaranteed in the Russian constitution, the country has a long history of acting otherwise. In recent months, the increasingly visible and hostile homophobic sentiment in the country has been legally formalized. Article 6.21, passed on June 11, makes engaging in propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations an offense.
By Stefan Rinas
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) applauds the passage into law of Bill C-304, and with it the repeal of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. The private member's bill was sponsored by Westlock – St. Paul MP Brian Storseth, and will come into force June 26, 2014, one year following its gaining royal assent.
Experts in media law and free expression explore the cult of secrecy in the Review’s articles and signature Report Card on Free Expression in Canada. This year’s grades span the spectrum from head of the class to flunking out. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is at the bottom with a grade of “F,” singled out for its zeal in muzzling scientists and keeping critical research findings from Canadians.
By Laura Tribe
A free speech wall at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, was taken down on Tuesday, April 2. Put up by Queen’s Students for Liberty, the University had campus security remove the wall, alleging hateful speech and racial slurs had been written on it.
This morning the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision on the case of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott. The ruling is considered to be a landmark decision for free expression in Canada, impacting the interpretation and strength of hate speech legislation in the country.
CJFE was one of 20 intervenors on the case.