Location: Octopus Books, 251 Bank Street, Upper Level, Ottawa, ON
Threatening Democracy is an introduction to the phenomenon of judicial intimidation used against socially and politically active citizens. Landry details the processes by which politically active citizens are bullied out of a public sphere of political debate and confined into a legal arena of private action. In this book, he provides a comprehensive review of the rights and freedoms threatened by this practice of legal intimidation. Examining SLAPPs in Canada, the United States and Australia, Threatening Democracy illustrates the ways in which the legal system is instrumentalized against activists in order to impede social change. Landry proposes an anti-SLAPP survival guide and surveys the potential of various anti-SLAPP laws in effect around the world.
The event is co-sponsored by Octopus Books, Greenpeace, Environmental Defence, Ecojustice, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.