Internet Links Not Libel, Top Court Rules

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that hyperlinking to defamatory material on the Internet does not constitute publishing the defamatory material itself. For details, see the following media reports: Hyperlinking not Libel: Supreme Court, Openfile, October 19, 2011 In Canada, Hyperlinking Isn’t the Same as Publishing, P2P.net, October 19, 2011 Internet Links Not Libel, […]

Bluewater Board Wants to Ban The Wars

Parents from the Bluewater District School Board want The Wars by Timothy Findley removed from all classrooms in the district. For details, see the following media reports: “Ontario Parents Want Acclaimed Book Banned from Classrooms,” Sun News, May 18, 2001 Lindsey Kuglin, “Bluewater Board Petitioned to Ban ‘Depraved’ Book,” Walkerton Herald-Times, May 24, 2011

Whitewashing Mark Twain

NewSouth Books’ plan to publish a sanitized edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is still provoking comment in Canada. One issue is whether such books should be used in public schools. George Elliott Clarke comments: “N-Word Wickedness,” Now, January 27-February 3, 2011 Elizabeth May comments: “Elizabeth May on […]

Rohinton Mistry Target of Censorship Attempt in India

In India, Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey is the target of a censorship attempt. Mistry is an acclaimed Canadian novelist, and Such a Long Journey was published in 1991. Graeme Smith, “Censorship battle rages in India over Mistry novel,” The Globe and Mail, October 15, 2010 Prachi Pinglay, “Booker author Rohinton Mistry in Mumbai university row,” BBC News, October […]

BPC Wins Les Fowlie Award

The Book and Periodical Council is this year’s winner of the Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award. The honour is awarded by the Ontario Library Association. The BPC won the award because of the “tireless efforts” of its Freedom of Expression Committee “in promoting intellectual freedom for all Canadians” and “organizing the annual Freedom to Read […]