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Censorship vs Freedom of Speech
Wed Sep 5, 2018 7:35pm

USA is one of the few countries with true Freedom of Speech. Other countries pay only lip service to the concept, but enact laws that prohibit speech that offends people in one way or another, including "Hate Speech" and "Offensive Speech".

In USA and a few other countries, the truth of a defamatory statement is an absolute defense. This is not true in the United Kingdom.

Section 6 of the Libel Act 1843 allowed the proven truth of the allegation to be used as a valid defense in criminal libel cases, but only if the defendant also demonstrated that publication was for the "Public Benefit".

The truth is no defense when it comes to defending oneself against charges of slander or libel in Korea. Damage, not truth, is the basis by which slander/defamation is determined here.

"Hate Speech" and blasphemy are illegal in Canada. This can include any statement of criticism of a religion, particularly Islam.

Blasphemous libel is a crime in Canada under section 296 of the Criminal Code R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46. Subsection (1) reads:

"Every one who publishes a blasphemous libel is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years".

Supreme Court by a 4-3 decision upheld the offence of publicly inciting hatred, finding that while it infringes the guarantee of freedom of expression, it is a reasonable limit and justifiable under s. 1 of the Charter.


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