Harper omnibus crime bill an attack on our freedom of speech
Under Harper new proposed law a hyperlink on the wrong blog or site could cost you 2 years in jail.
Here's the story:
"The bill plans to make it a crime to link to any website that promotes hatred.
Here’s what the Library of Parliament says about the bill on its website:“Clause 5 of the bill provides that the offences of public incitement of hatred and wilful promotion of hatred may be committed by any means of communication and include making hate material available, by creating a hyperlink that directs web surfers to a website where hate material is posted, for example.”
For simply posting a link to a website that has material someone else deems hateful, you could go to jail for two years and be branded a criminal.
The Internet police. Only in Canada.
This isn’t about protecting people from genocide or even threats of death, the way the law is written now is much broader.
“Everyone who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against an identifiable group is guilty.”
There’s also the sticky question of who decides what is hateful?
Will websites promoting Israeli Apartheid Week, now a staple on university campuses across Canada, land someone in jail? What about web postings on the Armenian genocide which the Armenians blame the Turks for but which the Turks dispute?
This is a ridiculous proposal that has no place in a country that claims to cherish freedom of expression."