Many bloggers have been finding themselves under legal attack by richer, more powerful political opponents who are using defamation law as a tool to shut down debate and destroy opposing websites.
We are involved in a case that will set case law on this matter that will either give us protection for our political speech, or give the court's blessing to this practice.
The case is about words that were posted on our website by a poster who was using a pseudonym and he made a negative comment about the pseudonym of another political blogger.
If we can be punished for this, then nobody is safe.
The court has appointed an expert witness to testify about the nature of online discourse and ordered the parties to pay for him. In addition, a case that was scheduled for three days has ballooned to 14 days, and it could turn out to be more!
We believe that the expert will be valuable in communicating to the court that online conversation should not be considered equal to content in other media that has been vetted by an editorial board and presented as "news".
We think we can get a good decision that will protect all of us, but we need your help to get it done!
Please help us by donating what you can, and/or by sharing this campaign through your social media.
We are able to accept donations outside of this campaign and add them to the total, so if you would prefer to use PayPal, you can contact me at the email below.
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Or, if you like using the mail, our address is as follows:
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Elginburg, ON K0H 1M0
Thank you for your help!
Mark and Connie Fournier
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