Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Quebec "Human Rights" Commission wants to regulate Internet "hate speech" now

Quebec "Human Rights" Commission wants to regulate Internet "hate speech" now

 

 

 

As if (the now repealed and disgraced) Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act wasn’t bad enough, now the Quebec “Human Rights” Commission wants the power to regulate internet content and silence website operators and bloggers.  The proposed new powers of the HRC may include financial “damages” for those “offended”!   I smell a new cottage industry for the perpetually offended!

 

Here is an interview with the President of the Quebec “Human Rights” Commission on French CBC from December 2014.  A translation of interview was posted on Vlad Tepes YouTube channel.

 

 

"We've had complaints filed against anti-muslim websites and we couldn't accept them.

... If we have this new provision, we could proceed and take action."

 

 

And on what criteria will the Quebec “Human Rights” Commission accept these new complaints? According to the HRC: "It's when we have comments that are generally hateful..." 

 

What kind of definition would encompass "Generally hateful"?  If I lived in Quebec and wanted to post (perhaps controversial) opinions on the recent terrorist attack in Ottawa and decided to mention that the perpetrator was a Muslim who committed this terrorism in the name of Islam, would that be considered "generally hateful" towards Muslims?  Would anyone need to put in the usual media-party inspired slogans such as "Islam is a religion of peace" or that terrorism in the name of Islam is simple "lone-wolf radical" act and does not represent all Muslims to avoid costly litigation via yet another Canadian Kangaroo court

 

Mission Creep? Has all “hate” been eradicated in Quebec that the ‘Human Rights’ Commission needs to branch out and censor speech on the Internet now?

 

The best George Orwell Doublespeak line of the interview with HRC’s Jacques Fremont was: "And for the HRC, freedom of expression is very important".  Sure, freedom of expression is very important, as long as you say what I want you to say.

 

 

Comments from around the web

 

 

Barenakedislam.com: Quebec Human Rights Commission proposes a new provision that would criminalize online criticism of Muslims

 

Essentially, this means it would allow ‘victims’ of hateful online comments to register complaints and eventually receive compensation. When a website rails and rants with comments that expose the ugly truth about certain groups such as the muslim community, the government would have recourse to take action against such websites.

 

Apparently, Quebec wants to equate telling the truth about Islam with incitement of hatred. Let’s hope the people of Quebec can defeat this idiotic idea.

 

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NeoConservative Christian Right: Human Rights Denied in the Name of Human Rights

This week, there’s the threat of another attack on freedom of speech in Canada. It’s from the “commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse” – the commission of human rights and youth rights. A nice name. But the head of the commission is proposing legislation to further curb freedom of speech. There’s already lots of legislation in place. The additional legislation would go further: one could make a complaint even if one isn’t any particular victim and can’t show that any particular person has been hurt. (In French, “on n’a pas besoin d’être une victime particularisée et de le démontrer.”)

 

For those of you who speak French, here’s a link, including to an interview with the head of the commission:

 

http://www.postedeveille.ca/2014/12/commission-des-droits-liberte-dexpression.html

 

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Vlad Tepes: 1. This is an interview with the President of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. In it, he appears to be saying that Quebec, or Canada, is going to be implementing something which looks a whole lot like the criminalization of criticism of Islam.

 

I would like to remind every man, woman, child and bureaucrat that freedom of speech was implemented for one thing in the West. To criticize religious and political authority. That once you limit that freedom even one little bit, all other freedoms of speech will diminish exponentially, because all things can be seen as functions of islamic observance.

 

Thank you Poste De Veille for the interview video and Sassy for the Translation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Defamation Laws in Canada Out of Control? Fighting for Freedom of Speech [Awan vs Ezra Levant]

 


Sun News Network:  Is it illegal in 2014 to call activists in an anti-Semitic organization, anti-Semitic?

 $80,000 defamation award against Ezra Levant by Judge Wendy Matheson (former lawyer for Sabina Citron and the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association - who represented them before the Canadian "Human Rights" Tribunal in the E. Zundel case) for his comments posted about the Canadian Islamic Congress and K. Awan.

Back in March, 2014 I wrote this about online defamation (in the Fournier/Baglow case):

Seriously, what the heck has happened to defamation law in Ontario?

When the blogosphere went to battle over the now repealed Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, (Canada’s internet censorship legislation) one of the strongest arguments the side supporting freedom of speech had, was that with the “Human Rights” Act was rigged and that the Process was the Punishment.  With Section 13 and its lengthy Tribunal process and rules made up as they went along; the system itself ground little people into the dirt all the while using the unlimited power and resources of the state.  The best example is the “human rights” case against me which took over TEN years of my life!  After seeing a defamation case in person, I can surely say that the process is the punishment here too, the only real exception is that in a defamation hearing, the process is a punishment – potentially – for both sides.  (And by “potentially”, let me quote “Dr Dawg” from his testimony today, “a company like McDonalds could use defamation law via a SLAPP suit to harass critics of their food/company”. In the case of rich companies or individuals, the process being a punishment via civil suits is the whole point!)

The blogosphere rallied together to get rid of Section 13, now it’s time to rally together to amend, or repeal all together, defamation law and its applicability to the Internet.  The best disinfectant to horrible laws is to shine a light on them.  The light of truth and honestly was shone on Section 13, and within a few years, it was repealed. I urge all bloggers, writers, free thinkers and freedom lovers to take a serious look at Ontario’s ridiculous defamation laws and throw off this easily abusable yok of speech restriction. 

To quote John Gilmore of the EFF, “The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”  Let’s put that into law, so that writers can express themselves on matters of public interest, without the fear of having to spend tens of thousands of dollars defending themselves.   The CCLA has some good ideas on how to reform the law, and it is really worth a read: Supporting Anti-SLAPP legislation

 As more of these "defamation" cases are ruled on by the Canadian "justice" system, the clearer it has become; the out-dated defamation laws in Canada need serious reform.  Judges who pay mere lip-service to freedom of speech should not be sitting in judgment over inalienable rights. Freedom of speech should not be only granted to those with the "right" opinions; while the rest of us have to second-guess every comment we post online - in fear of facing years bogged down in the court system, and subjected to tens of thousands in legal costs.

Internet defamation laws should be reformed and bloggers, twitter posters, webmasters and others should not be forced into silence; to avoid a dilapidated and out of control legal system, which is easily gamed by professional serial complainers.


 You can read more on the Levant case at:  http://www.standwithezra.ca

Khurrum Awan (apparently) has a blog at  http://www.khurrumawan.com/blog/  and on Facebook.