Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A brief thought on L'affaire d'Steyn

The current hearing before the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal may be a threat to freedom of the press, but at the moment it is generating a great deal of good writing. Even Johann Hari has some worthwhile things to say. I wonder if anyone has observed that if the complaint succeeds, then it will have succeeded in criminalizing the negative coverage of the hearing itself. After all, the negative view of the hearing is that it represents organized Islam (one example thereof, anyway) threatening freedom-of-speech in the West. That's precisely the sort of opinion that Steyn is on trial for expressing. (h/t: Tim Blair)

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