Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Internet Saved My Tongue: How I beat Canada's 'human rights' censors - Reason Magazine

An article by the former publisher of the Western Standard, a Canadian magazine, revisits his decision to reprint the Danish cartoons that infuriated Muslims in 2006. The Standard, which considered the media's self-censorship "cowardice masquerading as sensitivity," was the only Canadian publication to do so. After being investigated by the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the magazine uploaded videos of its questioning to YouTube, and a media storm forced the commission to dismiss its complaint. "My story isn't just about free speech," the author writes. "It's also about the way new technology has leveled the playing field between big government and private citizens.

Via Slate