Apparently Canadian citizens do not enjoy freedom of speech protection. An article in the Globe and Mail today explores various recent lawsuits that have been brought against Canadian bloggers, including Montreal’s Chris “Zeke” Hand. It says:
While third parties are protected from such suits in the United States by the Communications Decency Act, Canada has no such protection, he says, and that raises “a significant threat of ‘libel chill.'”
This is very concerning; I and probably many others have been living under the false impression that Freedom of Speech is an integral part of our lives… Is it all a lie? Why do we not enjoy Freedom of Speech in Canada?
Heri from Montreal Tech Watch goes into an in-depth analysis of the issue in his blog post today. This is recommended reading for any blogger.