Freedom of Expression and Location: Are There Constitutional Dead Zones?
(2010) 51 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 245-72
28 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2012 Last revised: 11 Mar 2019
Date Written: 2010
Do reporters have the right to conduct interviews in courthouse hallways? May political activists hand out leaflets in shopping centres? Are journalists entitled to attend disciplinary hearings in the chambers of the law society? Do advertisers have the right to place ads on public buses? These questions have one thing in common: they all concern the exercise of freedom of expression in certain locations — courthouses, shopping centres, private offices, buses. This paper considers whether certain locations fall beyond the scope of the guarantee of freedom of expression in section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or whether all locations without exception benefit from the provision.
Keywords: freedom of expression, location of expression, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian constitutional law,
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