Freedom Of Speech And Expression Essay

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Freedom of Speech and Expression Although we are guaranteed freedom of speech in our fundamental freedoms under section two of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and freedom of expression under section two (b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Anti Terrorism Act infringes this right. Much of “political activity, including expression and activism that challenges government policy is and always has been a target of high policing in Canada.” (Larsen, M., 2015) Perhaps the government feels threatened by new ideas and does not want to be challenged. This forces the government to target groups of people who question the current system and spread new ideas freely. Bill C-51 “will lead to a massive chill on free expression.” (Fine, 2015)…show more content…
“The possibility of broad and unaccountable information sharing will have a chilling effect on academic freedom and other forms of expression, advocacy, and protest. The circumstances captured by the Act are unprecedented and are so broad that academics and others will have reason to avoid saying and doing things that could fall within the scope of the law.” (What does C-51 Mean for Academic Freedom & Campus Free Speech?, 2015) If academics begin to censor their work in fear of punishment, our society is being deprived of intellectual advancements and their right to freedom of expression if being infringed, which is harming more than just the…show more content…
Even “beyond this linguistic loss, we are at risk of losing something far greater each and every time we 're confronted with censorship and denial. Perfectly good words are taken from our vocabulary, limiting the expression of a thought or an opinion” (McCORKLE, 2008, p.61) Through this, we are being forced to say things a certain way, ask less questions, and censor our answers. “Word by single word, our history will be rewritten if we don 't guard and protect it, truth lost to some individual 's idea about what is right or wrong. These speech monitors - the Word Gestapo (speaking of word some would have us deny and forget) - attempt to define and dictate what is acceptable and what is not.” (McCORKLE, 2008, p.61-62) If your view on an issue is controversial or challenges what the government deems acceptable, you face
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