Unfortunately this is not the map you want to be on. This particular map indicates (in red) the countries in the world where it is a criminal offense to criticize the government in power.
As for Canada's creeping inclusion on this map, one need only acknowledge Stephen Harper's penchant for threatening legal action to create chill amongst his opponents in the official opposition. he uses the same chill tactic with senors bureaucrats such as the Head of the Canadian Nuclear Regulatory Agency, the Canada Wheat Board or Elections Canada.
Stephen Harper is however his own worst enemy, since on the Cadman matter he issued his own unequivocal self incrimination, by stating:
"The insurance policy for a million dollars, do you know anything about that?" Zytaruk asks.
"I don't know the details. I know that there were discussions," Harper replies on the tape. "This is not for publication?"
"This will be for the book, not for the newspaper," answers Zytaruk, who works for a Surrey newspaper.
Harper goes on to explain on the tape that the offer to Cadman was "only to replace financial considerations he might lose due to an election." He adds that the offer was carried out by people who were "legitimately representing the party."
He also tells Zytaruk that he knew there was little chance Cadman would agree.
"They wanted to do it, but I told them they were wasting their time. I said Chuck had made up his mind," Harper said.
Here's more on the map that you actually don't want Canada to be on. The best way to avoid that outcome is to remove Harper from office:
How to use the map:
The purpose of this map is to raise awareness of the growing problem of government-imposed restrictions and sanctions that limit access to online information and restrict the free expression of opinions, beliefs, and ideas. The .pdf version of the map will be continually updated with notes to track specific incidents, country-by-country, as information becomes available.
Freedom of expression:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
—Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN General Assembly, 1948
Data Source: Freedom in the World 2008, Freedom House
To learn more about this issue, visit the following sites: http://www.theseventhsun.com/freedom.htm
Monday, March 17, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 2:09 PM