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BPC Bulletin August 29, 2022

BPC Bulletin: Online Attacks on Canadian Female Minority Journalists

In Canada, female journalists, especially female journalists who belong to minorities, regularly find hateful abuse directed at them on social media and elsewhere. The abuse has provoked concern and alarm in the Canadian news media and Parliament. “This is an organized campaign to threaten and intimidate journalists into silence and undermine the freedom of the press in Canada,” said Brent Jolly, the president of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).
BPC Bulletin July 17, 2022

BPC Bulletin: Canadian Government's Experts on Online Safety Submit Their Findings

In Ottawa, the federal Liberal government’s group of 12 experts who considered ways and means of limiting harms on the internet finished their meetings and released their findings this summer. The Expert Advisory Group on Online Safety concluded their 10 meetings on June 10, 2022, and released their findings on July 8, 2022. The federal Liberal government is expected to use the group’s findings when it drafts a new bill to limit online harms.
BPC Bulletin June 15, 2022

BPC Bulletin: Student Press Freedom in British Columbia (2)

In Vancouver, students at Eric Hamber Secondary School have prepared a bill to protect the interests of student journalists in British Columbia. Spencer Izen and Jessica Kim, who produce the school’s newspaper, The Griffin’s Nest, sent the Student Press Freedom Act to David Eby, B.C.’s attorney general. They hope the legislature will enact the bill into law. REPORTAGE In The Tyee, Katie Hyslop reports:
BPC Bulletin May 27, 2022

BPC Bulletin: Federal Liberals Seek to Curb Anti-Semitic Expression

In Ottawa, the federal Liberal government is acting to curb anti-Semitic expression by amending the Criminal Code. The government wants to ban the “communication of statements, other than in private conversation, that wilfully promote anti-Semitism by condoning, denying or downplaying the Holocaust.” The government plans to amend Section 319 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits the incitement of hatred “against an identifiable group.”
BPC Bulletin May 25, 2022

Margaret Atwood's Fireproof Novel

In New York City, Margaret Atwood and Penguin Random House announced on May 23 that a single fireproof edition of The Handmaid’s Tale would be auctioned by Sotheby’s New York. The Canadian author and her publisher plan to donate money from the sale to PEN America, which speaks for free expression around the world. “To see her classic novel about the dangers of oppression reborn in this innovative, unburnable edition is a timely reminder of what’s at stake in the battle against censorship,” said Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House. VIDEO