Dilemmas of Free Expression
Free expression is under threat. Social media and "fake news", misinformation, and disinformation have prompted governments to propose new forms of regulation that are deeply challenging to free expression. Hate speech, far-right populism, campus speech debates, and censorship consistently make headlines in Canada and abroad.
Dilemmas of Free Expression offers forward-looking appraisals of ways to confront challenging moral issues, policy problems, and controversies that pay heed to the fundamental right to free expression. The essays in this volume offer timely analyses of the law, policy, and philosophical challenges, and social repercussions to our understanding of expressive freedom in relation to government obligations and public discourse.
Free expression and its limits are multifaceted, deeply complex, inherently values-based, and central to the ability of a society to function. Dilemmas of Free Expression addresses the challenges of limiting free expression across a host of issues through an analyses by leading and emerging voices in a number of disciplines, including political science, law, philosophy, and Indigenous studies.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 352 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationEmmett Macfarlane is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.
Table of contents
Introduction: The Challenge and Controversy of Free Expression
1. Does Freedom of Expression Have a Future?
2. Hate Speech, Harm, and Rights
3. Process Matters: Postal Censorship, Your Ward News, and s.2(b) of the Charter
4. Freedom of Expression in an Age of Disinformation: Charter Considerations for Regulating Political Speech in Canadian Elections
Erin Crandall and Andrea Lawlor
5. Regulating Expression on Social Media
6. The Right to Protest and Counter-Protest: Complexities and Considerations
Cara Faith Zwibel
7. Positive Rights, Negative Freedoms, and the Margins of Expressive Freedom
8. Compelled Speech: A Conscience- and Integrity-Based Approach
9. Balancing Freedom of Expression and Access to the Courts: Assessing Ontario’s Anti-SLAPP Legislation
Byron M. Sheldrick
10. Denial, Deplatforming, and Democracy: Thinking About Climate Change in the Age of Social Media
11. The Tension Between Freedom of Expression and Language Rights in Canada: The Ford and Devine Legacy after Thirty Years
Stéphanie Chouinard and Emmanuelle Richez
12. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ We Extend the Rafters
13. Faculty Free Speech in Canada: Trends, Risks, and Possible Futures
Jeffrey Adam Sachs
14. On Silence: Student Refrainment From Speech
15. Deplatforming in Theory and Practice: The Ann Coulter Debacle
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