Truth, the State, and Democracy: The Scope of the Legal Right of Free Expression

G. Stuart Adam

Abstract


Abstract: In democracies, the legal right of freedom of expression is regarded as a "core" right. The author starts with the declaration that it is not sufficiently valued in Canada. He then dissects it to reveal its inner structure and the social and individual interests it represents, and then demonstrates how it fits into the system of rights and powers which constitute the legal structure of society. He concludes by saying in matters of free expression the best State is the limited State. Résumé: La liberté d'expression constitue en régime démocratique un droit fondamental. Selon l'auteur, ce droit est insuffisamment apprécié au Canada. Il l'analyse donc afin de révéler sa structure interne ainsi que les intérêts sociaux et personnels dont il est porteur. Il montre finalement son imbrication dans le système des droits et pouvoirs qui forment la structure légale de la société. L'auteur conclut qu'en matière de liberté d'expression le meilleur État est celui qui gouverne le moins.

Keywords


Freedom of expression; Democracy; Canada

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.1992v17n3a679

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