Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Wouldn't be surprised to find, they're all in cahoots

The Ottawa Citizen takes an uncharacteristically heroic stand on the futility of the Gomery publication ban today: Some reporters and the few members of the public who watch the proceedings in person know exactly what Jean Brault said last week. Stopping the spread of word-of-mouth gossip is hard enough. Stopping the spread of a juicy story on the Internet is impossible. U.S. news sources have not felt any compulsion to follow the rules imposed by Canadian courts in the cases of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, or of Robert Pickton. Now, in the age of blogs, there is an even greater risk the information will leak out. [...] It is almost impossible to control the spread of information in 2005. Even in repressive regimes such as China, North Korea or Iran, the Internet spreads out beyond the clutches of the state. In a free country, where all residents have instant and unfettered access to international sources of information, bans are quickly becoming futile. Judge Gomery's publication ban has left Canadians with a choice: They can seek out information about their own government from U.S. sources --or they can sit back in ignorance and watch the members of Parliament decide whether to force an election over testimony that citizens aren't even supposed to know about. They're getting it. Slowly, but surely, they're getting it. The media seems to be none too happy at the moment with being made de facto accomplices to unconscionable secrecy. Here's hoping we see more eloquent defenses of the public right to be informed of Liberal malfeasance in the nation's editorial pages. (Via NealeNews.)


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