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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

10/23/2004

Thought crimes

Earlier today at Wikepedia the following was posted under the entry for Mr. K:
Later the same year, he established a web site, in part to counter the large amount of material circulated on the web by his detractors in the Liberal Party. His "Latest Musings" weblog gained a wide following. But in 2004 his presence on the internet became an uneasy one when he launched an unprecedented legal assault on free speech in the Canadian blogosphere. Warren, a practising lawyer, sent libel notices to four bloggers whose posts he construed as defamatory. This threat to free speech was successfully defeated by the concerted effort of Canadian bloggers co-operating across party lines, and is considered a pivotal moment in the Canadian blogosphere's coming of age.
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Later on a chap named Joshua Paquin, who describes himself as
a student in Ottawa, Canada. Since 2000 I've been an active member of the Liberal Party of Canada. I've also been a part of the youth organizations CISV and the North American Federation of Temple Youth.
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did a bit of tidying up. The paragraph by changing the graf to read:
Later the same year, he established a web site, in part to counter the large amount of material circulated on the web by his detractors in the Liberal Party. His "Latest Musings" weblog gained a wide following. In 2004 Kinsella aroused controversy when he threatened legal action against Canadian bloggers who had allegedly libelled him and his family. The issue, while drawing considerable attention in the blogosphere for several days, was quickly settled without any legal action taken.
Happily, the graf's sense was somewhat restored later in the day:
Later the same year, he established a web site, in part to counter the large amount of material circulated on the web by his detractors in the Liberal Party. His "Latest Musings" weblog gained a wide following. In 2004 Warren aroused controversy when he threatened legal action against Canadian bloggers who he alleged libelled him and his family. For many in the Canadian blogosphere, his resort to legal action, instead of open discussion, was seen as an attack on free speech. The issue was eventually settled without the need for litigation, and is considered a pivotal moment in the Canadian blogosphere's coming of age.
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Which, more than anything esle shows what lengths the Liberal Party's faithful will go to when one of their own is caught doing really dumb things.