BPC Bulletin: Federal Bill to Purge Internet of Illegal Expression Coming Soon

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

 

In Ottawa, Steven Guilbeault, the federal minister of Canadian heritage, will soon introduce a bill that seeks to reduce illegal expression on the Internet.

The bill takes aim at five categories of illegal expression: hate speech, terrorist content, incitement to violence, child sexual exploitation, and non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

Mr. Guilbeault’s office has said that the bill won’t expand the definition of illegal content beyond what’s already in the Criminal Code.

The bill will also seek to create a regulator who will enforce the law. The regulator will have the power to issue takedown orders and levy fines.

REPORTAGE

Anja Karadeglija of Postmedia reports:

https://www.saltwire.com/news/canada/new-definition-of-hate-to-be-included-in-liberal-bill-that-might-also-revive-contentious-hate-speech-law-559022/?location=newfoundland-labrador

On the 10/3 podcast, Dave Breakenridge interviews Anja Karadeglija:

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/10-3-podcast-federal-government-set-to-tackle-hateful-content-online

Politicians and Minorities Want Action

In the Montreal Gazette, T’Cha Dunlevy reports:

Online hate a regular occurrence for women, minorities in media | Regina Leader Post

Elizabeth Thompson of the CBC reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/social-media-online-attacks-1.5911094

In iPolitics, Rachel Emmanuel reports:

https://ipolitics.ca/2021/02/11/mps-say-hate-speech-is-constraining-public-discourse/

COMMENTARY

In The Conversation, Vivek Krishnamurthy comments:
https://theconversation.com/planned-social-media-regulations-set-a-dangerous-precedent-155844

In iPolitics, Shawn McCarthy and Gord McIntosh comment:

https://ipolitics.ca/2021/02/23/action-against-social-media-abuse-could-have-some-unwelcome-outcomes/

Cara Faith Zwibel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association comments:
https://ccla.org/social-media-regulation/

In the Financial Post, Timothy Denton — a former CRTC commissioner — comments:

https://financialpost.com/opinion/timothy-denton-a-futile-canadian-initiative-to-assert-control-over-social-media-platforms

In the National Post, Chris Selley comments:

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/chris-selley-free-speech-is-free-even-on-social-media

In the Toronto Sun, Lorrie Goldstein comments:

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-trudeau-wants-to-turn-back-clock-on-free-speech

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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