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In case you haven’t heard, go here: http://comics212.net/2011/06/24/bravo-cbldf-enters-the-fight-against-canada-customs-bad-laws

(For good measure, also read this: http://sociologicalimagination.org/posts/caseybrienza/comics-and-censorship-is-it-really-about-you/)

I love Canada, but our free speech has restrictions I’m not entirely comfortable with, and the stakes are way too high here. This is a time when we HAVE to set precedent: a drawing of something should not be against the law. I don’t care how screwed-up the drawing is. Maybe you have a drawing that will make me instantly lose all respect for you, never give you business, and encourage as many people as possible to never give you business. It would have to be a pretty screwed-up drawing, but I’m sure it’s possible. But that drawing should never, EVER be the sole reason that you are in jail. Ever. That is thought crime. That is a mentality that would send fans of violent movies to jail, since liking violent movies clearly means you might someday be violent so let’s arrest you now just in case.

Donate to the CBLDF. This is really important, guys. Really, really important. The Christopher Handley case had a very disappointing conclusion; I just hope freedom of thought and speech can be the victors this time.

One Response to “The Canada putting people in jail for reading manga thing”

  1. on 09 Jul 2011 at 11:24 pm Sean Michael Robinson

    Thanks for bringing attention to this. It’s especially hard in these cases as there is a tremendous amount of pressure for the victims, i.e. the accused, to take the easier route and to confess to whatever is required rather than possibly standing trial on greater charges.

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