Free speech isn’t free, it costs a lot

Free speech isn’t free as it costs a lot to defend both financially and emotionally and it is regularly under attack, especially if you are a part of the New Media.

New Media are easier targets than old media as they generally do not have the financial resources to defend themselves from legal attack, unlike the well-resourced mainstream papers who have legal teams on standby. If someone has plenty of money they can tie New Media personalities and their companies up in the court system for years. Fighting these battles steals precious time, money and opportunities from New Media.

Here is a selection of New Media personalities who have faced or are facing legal battles:

Mark Steyn

In a couple of months, Michael E Mann’s defamation suit against me will enter its sixth year in the constipated bowels of DC justice. Given the proceduralist swamp in which the case is now mired, it is not unreasonable to assume that its ultimate disposition will consume most of my remaining time on earth: as I’ve remarked before, in medieval England trial by jury replaced trial by ordeal; in 21st-century America it’s the other way round.

-steynonline.com

Bad news in the battle for freedom of speech: today, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear my appeal of the defamation judgment against me, brought some eight years ago by Khurrum Awan…

But Awan used to be the youth president of an anti-Semitic group — the Canadian Islamic Congress. They even called for the legalization of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

But the judge ruled it was defamatory for me to call their former youth president anti-Semitic.

-therebel.media

Cameron Slater

Mr Craig is suing Slater for a series of posts on his Whaleoil blog in 2015, saying the blogger “falsely” claimed he sexually harassed his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor.

Slater is counter-suing Mr Craig over a 12-page pamphlet he sent to 1.6 million homes.

He says Mr Craig incorrectly claimed in the pamphlet Slater was deliberately publishing false allegations about him.

-tvnz.co.nz

Pamela Geller

Muslim prisoners in Michigan filed a lawsuit against Pamela Geller for “wearing a Poke a Dot Bikini In Front of our eyes. We are offended.” They demanded their freedom claiming their civil rights were violated

…My lawyer, David Yerushalmi of the American Freedom Law Center, recently apprised me of this lawsuit that had been filed against me by Muslim prisoners in Michigan. It’s paranoid, outrageous, silly and laughable — and yet it’s a legitimate lawsuit.

The only reason it was dismissed was because the “plaintiffs” didn’t submit the filing fee or the correct form. As funny as it is, it does speak to the supremacist tendencies of their thinking, and the kneejerk tendency among Muslims in the U.S. and other Western countries to claim victim status, even as they’re victimizing non-Muslims.

-breitbart.com

Alex Jones

Chobani, the yogurt company, has filed a lawsuit against Alex Jones, the high-profile conspiracy theorist and the host of a popular right-wing radio show, for posting what it called false news reports about the company and its owner.

-nytimes.com

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