Monday, April 04, 2005

Canada - Corruption and Free Speech

Captain's Quarters has broken a the story of a political scandal in Canada. A Canadian court had prohibited publication of the explosive testimony in the case. See the story here, here, here, here, and here.

As you can see, the scandal affects the Liberal Party. Thus, the ban on publication helps the Liberals for now. Free speech in Canada is not as free as in the U.S.

I doubt that a U.S. court would even try to ban publication of testimony in a case involving political corruption. Still, consider this: the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) is right now develping regulations to apply the McCain-Feingold restrictions to political speech on the internet. Can the FEC ban publication by bloggers of political corruption?

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