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The Salman of Doubt

The Salman of Doubt

By | September 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

There is a giant fish hanging over my kitchen sink. It is a salmon, carved by Nova Scotia folk artist William Roach, and for more than 20 years it has carried a decoration on its left front fin: a button reading “I am Salman Rushdie”.

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Dispatches From the 78th Congress

Dispatches From the 78th Congress

By | September 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm

PEN International’s 78th Congress in Gyeongju, Korea brought together more than 300 delegates from 80 countries to share ideas, discuss campaigns and focus on emerging challenges to freedom of expression.

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The Low Road to Damascus

The Low Road to Damascus

By | September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Why should Canadians care about imprisoned Syrian blogger and poet Tal Al-Mallouhi? For the same reason we should care very much about Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on all Syrian citizens: because our relations with the Al-Assad regime helped foster the culture of impunity that is fueling today’s carnage.

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The Ethics of Disclosure

The Ethics of Disclosure

By | August 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

But, in practice, within the public as a whole, there could be winners and losers and, ethically, that must be taken into account. What is ethical will depend on all the facts: Good facts (which can be difficult to ascertain) are essential for good ethics.

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Whereof One Cannot Speak

Whereof One Cannot Speak

By | August 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

Argument based on speculation, even “very likely” speculation, is like heading down a rabbit hole.

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Always the Bridesmaid

Always the Bridesmaid

By | July 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

China’s Peoples Daily Online recently declared that “the Beijing Olympic Games were widely regarded as the best ever.” China was both affirmed and emboldened by it triumphalist Games and subsequent economic ascension. It has no fear of disapproval from the international community.

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Evidence of Democracy?

Evidence of Democracy?

By | July 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Indeed it is appalling when a democratic government that pays lip service to accountability, openness and transparency creates convoluted internal policies to impede the free flow of information, uses an omnibus bill to hollow out environmental protections, and habitually dismisses scientific evidence that doesn’t fit the political plan. This should raise red flags for journalists and the watchful public. We should all pay attention.

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The Freedom to Mock

The Freedom to Mock

By | July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Parody and satire may be the only thing that everybody agreed on in the protracted and generally acrimonious debates about updating copyright law. The idea was to expand ‘fair dealing’ – the ways we’re free to use other people’s work in our own – to include uses for the purpose of parody and satire.

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An End to Hateful Silences?

An End to Hateful Silences?

By ; | July 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

On June 6, 2012 the House of Commons adopted Bill C-304 a private member’s bill introduced by Alberta Conservative MP Brian Storseth, to “amend the Canadian Human Rights Act by deleting section 13 to ensure there is no infringement on freedom of expression…”

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How Free Is The True North?

How Free Is The True North?

By ; | June 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

I discovered the hard way that one of the most valuable freedoms is freedom of expression. In a way, all other freedoms depend on it. If we cannot speak out, we can be stripped of every right, and left unable to do much about it. We can drown in silence.

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