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Media Democracy Days: Protecting the Right to Protest

November 19, 2016

555 West Hastings SFU Harbour Centre (Map & Directions)
Vancouver
3:15 pm

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On November 19th, come hear the BCCLA’s Josh Paterson and Micheal Vonn speak on the panel “Protecting the Right to Protest: Free Speech vs. Corporate Power” at Media Democracy Days Vancouver 2016.

Freedom of speech, assembly, information and dissent are fundamental rights protected by law in all democracies. However, the competing right to protect against defamation has been given priority in Canada. This has allowed corporations to use the courts to intimidate, silence and bankrupt activists involved in protesting against the tar sands, unsustainable development and mines. The aim of this roundtable discussion is to explore how we can mobilize the media to address the corporate assault on democratic rights and to educate the public for the need to reform the courts to regain citizen rights to free speech and the right to dissent.

Speakers: Alan Dutton, Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society; Josh Paterson, Executive Director, BCCLA; Linda Solomon, Editor-in-Chief, National Observer; Micheal Vonn, Policy Director, BCCLA

Moderator: Robert Hackett, Professor in the SFU School of Communication

Seats to this talk are first come, first serve, and it is free! For more information on this 3-day event, click here.