Away from NewsReal, I spend much of my time battling state censorship in the name of “political correctness” up here in Canada.
Asked to compose a rare (for me) weekend post, I think you’ll indulge my veering into “foreign entanglements” when you see the names of our two featured players: Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant.
Those not familiar with their recent “troubles” with state-sponsored censorship at the behest of radical Muslims can get the basic background from this FrontPage article, written around the mid-point of their travails.
Having triumphed over their accusers (and each written terrific new books about their adventures), Steyn and Levant now welcome every opportunity to speak about their experiences. They do so on behalf of the many others brought before our Human Rights Tribunals who don’t possess their Rolodexes of powerful allies, or their eloquence — eloquence on full display in these videos.
Last week, both men were called to testify at a Parliamentary hearing regarding Canada’s draconian censorship laws.
I think you’ll find their testimony entertaining, enlightening — and disturbing. (Don’t assume your First Amendment will necessarily protect you from similar stuff — we have “freedom of speech” in our “constitution” too. Fat lot of good.)
For now, here are Ezra Levant’s opening remarks:
And now Mark Steyn’s:
(PS: in case you’re wondering — yes, Steyn and Levant are immune from being sued for anything they said under oath that day. Which is good news because, well…)