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Quesnel man loses hate speech challenge in B.C. Supreme Court

A Quesnel-area man has lost his constitutional challenge of allegations that he wilfully promoted hatred.

In a decision posted yesterday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Butler dismissed the challenge brought by Roy Arthur Topham after he was convicted of promoting hatred against people of the Jewish religion.

The comments were published on Topham’s website and his lawyer argued the statements were justified in a free and democratic society and, thanks to the Internet, such viewpoints are available in many places.

But the judge found even though the Internet opens more avenues to communicate, it doesn’t raise new legal issues, may actually increase the harm of hate speech, and Topham didn’t present any evidence to shift the debate about justification of hate statements.

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