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Free Speech in Fearful Times

After 9/11 in Canada, the U.S., Australia & Europe

edited by James Turk & Allan Manson

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civil rights, media studies
list price: $24.95
edition:Paperback
published: 2007
ISBN:9781550289862
imprint: Lorimer
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How post-9/11 anti-terror laws have limited free speech in Canada and abroad
Following the events of 9/11, rashly conceived anti-terror laws were introduced that put civil liberties at risk, and eliminated long-standing legal protections in Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom.
The current situation is put into perspective by illustrating the fates of notable intellectuals and scholars during similar periods, such as the firing of Bertrand Russell from Cambridge during the First World War, and the mistreatment of leading American and Canadian academics during the Cold War years.
Internationally recognized experts analyze the impacts of anti-terror laws and offer solutions to protect freedom of expression, academic freedom, and civil liberties.
Free Speech in Fearful Times offers a unique perspective on how the laws created to "protect" us can actually harm us.

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Contributor notes

JAMES TURK is Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Formerly an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and Director of Education for the Ontario Federation of Labour, he is a frequent media contributor and has written many articles on education and labour in Canada. His two most recent books are Free Speech in Fearful Times: After 9/11 in Canada, the U.S., Australia and Europe (edited with Allan Manson) and Disciplining Dissent: The Curbing of Free Expression in Academia and the Media (edited with William Bruneau).
ALLAN MANSON is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen¿s University. Prior to joining the Faculty in 1977, he was a practising criminal lawyer.

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Editorial Reviews

Free Speech in Fearful Times offers a unique perspective on how the laws created to "protect" us can actually harm us.

Following the events of 9/11, rashly conceived anti-terror laws were introduced that put civil liberties at risk, and eliminated long-standing legal protections in Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom. This book takes stock of these laws and the uses which have been made by governments.

The current situation is put into perspective by illustrating the fates of notable intellectuals and scholars during similar periods, such as the firing of Bertrand Russell from Cambridge during the First World War, and the mistreatment of leading American and Canadian academics during the Cold War years. Internationally recognized experts analyze the impacts of anti-terror laws and offer solutions to protect freedom of expression, academic freedom, and civil liberties.

As well as analyzing the impact of anti-terror laws, the contributors in Free Speech for Fearful Times offer proposals that would better protect freedom of expression, academic freedom, and civil liberties.

— FQPPU - Volume 3

" ... this valuable anthology leaves a clear message for its readers: in a climate driven by a combination of fear for national and personal security, aggressive political rhetoric, and alarmist media coverage, protecting debate and dissent is of critical concern."

— Human Rights Law Resource Centre Bulletin

"... an accessible, must-read anthology for those concerned about the current state of civil liberties in the West."

— Quill & Quire

"... an accessible, must-read anthology for those concerned about the current state of civil liberties in the West."

— Quill & Quire
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About the Authors

James Turk

JAMES L. TURK is Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Formerly an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and Director of Education for the Ontario Federation of Labour, he is a frequent media contributor and has written many articles on education and labour in Canada.
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Allan Manson

Allan Manson is Professor of Law at Queen’s University, specializing in the areas of sentencing and prison law. Prior to joining the faculty at Queen’s, he practised criminal law. He has also served as Deputy Judge on the Yukon Territorial Court. He is an Associate Editor of the Criminal Reports and has been a long-standing member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Committee on Release and Imprisonment. He is the author of numerous articles dealing with criminal law issues, co-author of the text Release from Imprisonment: The Law of Parole, Sentencing and Judicial Review (1990) and co-author of the casebook Sentencing and Penal Policy (2000). Professor Manson was Project Director of the Ontario Law Reform Commission study of the coroner system.

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