BPC Bulletin: Steven Galloway Awarded Access to Confidential Email

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


In British Columbia, a judge in the province’s Supreme Court has awarded author Steven Galloway access to messages that were emailed between a woman who accused him of sexual assault and staff at the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Galloway, who is the former chair of the university’s creative writing department, filed lawsuits against the woman and 24 others in October 2018. He alleges that they defamed him with false allegations of sexual and physical assaults.

The ruling of Justice Catherine Murray — which occurred on August 23, 2019 — refers to B.C.’s new Protection of Public Participation Act. The anti-SLAPP law is designed to protect freedom of expression.


The Canadian Press reports:

In the Vancouver Sun, David Carrigg reports:


In The Ubyssey, Emma Livingstone reports:


In the National Post, Christie Blatchford writes:


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