From: "Richard S. Rosenberg", rosen@efc.ca
To: agcj.helpdesk@system3.lcs.gov.bc.ca
Subject: Investigation of hate Web site in Oliver: Freedom Site
X-URL: http://www.lcs.gov.bc.ca/ag/agmain.htp

Re: the following story in the Vancouver Sun:

>    Hate on Internet investigated
>
> Attorney-General Ujjal Dosanjh has asked his ministry
> to investigate whether the province can regulate
> offensive material carried by B.C. Internet providers.
> 
> etc.

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Attorney-General Dosanjh:

Dear Sir:

While I share your distaste for offensive materials carried on the 
Internet, I do not believe that any special regulation is necessary.
There are obscenity laws in the Criminal Code as well as hate laws.
If these are applicable they should be used.  That is, if there is 
sufficient evidence that material on a Web site violates the existing 
laws then charges should be laid.  Why should the Internet be treated 
in a manner different than print or broadcast media?

Let me say that as a vice-president of Electronic Frontier Canada,
I take a very strong position in defense of free speech.  Unlike my 
friend Sol Littman, I do not cavalierly dismiss speech that I find 
unpleasant, even racist, sexist, or hateful, as falling outside the 
protection of free speech.  In Canada, as you know, the courts have 
found that certain speech is not protected - obscenity, hate, 
denigration of women.  While, I may not agree with these decisions, 
they are the law of the land and as such they apply to the print, 
broadcast, and interactive (Internet) media.  If the law is applicable, 
use it.  

Thank you for your consideration.

Richard S. Rosenberg
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4