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BPC Bulletin December 2, 2023

BPC Bulletin: Canada's Ban on Holocaust Denial

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

In June 2022, an amendment to Canada’s Criminal Code received royal assent. The amendment, which appeared in Bill C-19, criminalizes Holocaust denial.

Today, “wilfully promoting antisemitism by condoning, denying or downplaying the Holocaust through statements communicated other than in private conversation” is an offence.

Is the law effective? 


Stephanie Taylor of the Canadian Press reports:

Is Canada's law against Holocaust denial actually working? | National Post

In the National Post, Ryan Tumilty reports:

Government bill on Holocaust denial ineffective and likely unconstitutional: civil liberties group | National Post

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

BPC Bulletin
December 2, 2023
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