Media and the Law

Presented by Doug Mah, Q.C. (Workers’ Compensation Board)

This three-part series is for general practitioners and lawyers who do not typically practice media law, but wish to have sufficient understanding of the subject area in order to provide basic advice to clients on common legal issues arising from the use of the internet and social media in the business of everyday life communications, the expression of ideas and opinions in speech, print communications and on the internet and social media, and clients who encounter legal issues arising with dealing with the news media.

Read more from Doug Mah, Q.C. and co-author Jason J.J. Bodnar on the topic of media and the law in their book The Law of the Written Word: A Legal Guide for Writers in Canada

Part I: Social Media and the Law

The topics covered in this program include Internet defamation, legal implications of participatory or citizenship journalism and blogging, privacy and social media, cyberbullying, and social media and employment law. This program was initially presented on September 25, 2015.

Part II: Freedom of Expression in Canada

The topics covered in this program include limits of freedom of expression in Canada, the differences between incivility and hate speech, how hate speech is regulated in Canada, how pornography is regulated in Canada, and how the Charter impacts defamation law. This program was initially presented on October 23, 2014. 

Part III: News Media and the Law

The topics covered in this program include regulation of journalism as a profession, what the public expects from news media, publication bans, news media and invasion of privacy, news media and defamation, and news media and the Charter. This program was initially presented on November 27, 2014.