BPC Bulletin: B.C. Legal Journal Cautioned About Publishing Article

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.


In Vancouver, while researching an article about sexual orientation and pronoun use in B.C.’s courts, the editors of The Advocate began to receive legal warnings about publishing the article.

“We were rather dramatically cautioned that what The Advocate published on the matter could result in a human rights complaint against us. We have also been advised that this is not a topic that is open to debate and that criticism of the [B.C. courts’] directions may amount to hate speech,” says an editorial in the March 2021 issue.

The Advocate is a professional journal. Its editors are lawyers, and its main readers are lawyers.

Read the editorial — “Entre Nous” — here:



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