No free speech? New ‘Orwellian’ law endorsed by Trudeau government could imprison people for life

Mar14,2024



New Delhi: A Canadian law designed to increase the security of social media platforms has faced criticism. government excess, Online Harm ActOr Bill C-63, which was recently introduced, enables judges to sentence adults life imprisonment For advocacy of genocide,
Critics, including Wall Street Journal columnist Michael Taube, have compared a section of the law — which allows provincial judges to impose house arrest and fines based on a belief that a defendant may commit a crime — as Fox News reports. It is based on the 2002 film, The Minority Report.
Margaret Atwood, famous for her novel “The Handmaid's Tale”, criticized the bill as “Orwellian”, highlighting its potential for abuse. false allegations And this thought policingreminds of historical totalitarian practices, He expressed his concern on social media, saying, “If this description of the bill is true, it is once again lettre de cachet… Trudeau's orwellian “Online Harm Bill.”
Conservative author Stephen Moore, in his article “Writing in Public”, described the bill as an unprecedentedly harsh measure against freedom, marking a significant departure from democratic norms in the Western world.
A poll by the National Post indicates that less than half of Canadians believe the federal government's proposed Online Harms Act, which aims to regulate social media sites, will make the platforms safer. While nearly 70% support the government's plan to regulate online content, only 41% believe it will lead to safer platforms. Nearly half of respondents expressed concern over the government's ability to protect free speech under this regulation.
The law intends to significantly toughen penalties related to hate speech, specifically increasing the maximum penalty for advocating genocide from five years to life imprisonment and increasing the penalty for promoting hatred from two years to five years. To do.
The bill's proponent, Justice Minister Arif Virani, expressed parents' concerns about online dangers and underlined the lack of regulations for Internet content compared to physical toys, which poses a threat to children's safety.



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