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Academics and human rights advocates say an internet censorship bill proposed by Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is “aggressive,” “punitive,” and “disturbing.” The bill introduced after lapsing in the last Parliament would penalize bloggers, Facebook users and internet publishers for legal content deemed harmful.
“The proposals fail to account for the importance of protecting the kinds of expression that are most central to a free and democratic society including journalism, academic scholarship and public interest research, debate, artistic creation, criticism and political dissent,” wrote the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab in a submission to the heritage department.
Bill C-36 An Act To Amend The Criminal Code would ban legal content “likely to foment detestation or vilification of an individual or group” under threat of $70,000 fines or house arrest. A federally appointed Digital Safety Commissioner would police internet content.
It did not receive any debate in Parliament, though a midsummer consultation paper provided additional details on how Ottawa would regulate such content. Bill C-36 lapsed with the adjournment of the last Parliament. Cabinet said they would reintroduce the bill this fall .
The Citizen Lab called the bill “sweeping,” “overbroad and incoherent,” and “potentially exploitive and unconstitutional” without “clear safeguards against abuse of process” and restriction of free speech. Even public consultation was “grossly inadequate” after Guilbeault’s department arranged “a series of private, invite-only meetings” with advocates of internet controls, it said.
Access Now, a human rights group, wrote Guilbeault’s department Bill C-36 including provisions to block websites and order removal of content, reflected the worst of internet regulation worldwide, reported Blacklocks . Internet censorship by @S_Guilbeault called “disturbing,” “unconstitutional,” will curb “political dissent” and free speech: academics. https://t.co/KUWrA8v3kR #cdnpoli #C36 @CdnHeritage @imondouisabelle @accessnow @citizenlab pic.twitter.com/nQkgSlmsqB — Blacklock’s Reporter (@mindingottawa) October 1, 2021 “Canada must ensure its policies and laws do not restrict the right to freedom of expression,” wrote Access Now. “Unfortunately, the government’s proposal mirrors the most harmful aspects of the worst intermediary liability regimes around the world.”
“The proposed framework threatens fundamental freedoms and human rights,” wrote Access Now. “Web blocking is a blunt measure that interferes with freedom of expression and has […]
Too Few Are Telling the Truth
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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