Canadian Law Professors Warn Against Criminalizing Online Glorification of Terrorism
"If someone posts a statement online that 'all real Muslims should
engage in military jihad,' should that be enough for police to come
In a newly published paper, two Canadian law professors are
cautioning the government against rushing to criminalize the
glorification of terrorism — or 'radicalized boasting' — on the
Internet, saying it could undermine freedom of expression and put the
country on 'extremely uncertain constitutional terrain.'
Craig Forcese of the University of Ottawa and Kent Roach of the
University of Toronto write that the causal link between radicalized
speech on the Internet and violence is still very tenuous. Government
officials are better off using existing laws to target the most
dangerous Internet materials — those that have clearly crossed a
criminal line and are designed to further the aims of terrorist groups,
whether it be recruiting or inciting, they said."
View the Working Paper