Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Death Throes of Sec. 13 (Internet Censorship) -- Tribunal Adjourns Makow Case Sine Die

The Death Throes of Sec. 13 (Internet Censorship) -- Tribunal Adjourns Makow Case Sine Die

In a landmark decision, May 28, Member Edward Lustig shut down the Canadian Jewish Congress v. Henry Makow Tribunal sine die (indefinitely) pending the final outcome of the Marc Lemire case. Last Sept. 2, Marc Lemire became the only victim to ever win a Sec. 13 case. Then, Member Athanasios Hadjis found Sec. 13 unconstitutional, a violation of the Charter protected rights of freedom of speech and expression. Early in October, the Commission sought judicial review (appeal) of that decision. That judicial review is still in progress. Lustig's decision, in effect, ends enforcement of Sec. 13 "pending the final outcome in the Warman v. Lemire case." And the "final outcome" could be years away, should either side appeal the decision of the judicial review.

It seems we have fought the iniquitous Internet censorship of Sec. 13 to a standstill.

However, as Marc Lemire observes, it now all falls on him. He must win this judicial review in order to stifle Internet censorship in Canada.

The judicial review has already cost Marc and his supporters a lot of money. This case is the biggest of its kind and will cost more in legal fees. Freedom is defintely NOT FREE.

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