”Societies that allow the voices of dissent to be silenced cannot call themselves democratic,” writes Dave Carter. Photo: Brian Wangenheim on Unsplash

”Societies that allow the voices of dissent to be silenced cannot call themselves democratic,” writes Dave Carter. Photo: Brian Wangenheim on Unsplash

Letter: The dangers of censorship

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Censorship carries with it great risks.

Societies that allow the voices of dissent to be silenced cannot call themselves democratic.

By silencing opinions we widen the divisions that exist in our society.

Our governments and the world health organization are telling us that “misinformation” is dangerous.

And they are deciding what is defined as misinformation.

We currently have online “fact checkers” arbitrarily determining what information is valid and what isn’t.

There is as well a movement to censor opinions using the validation of prohibiting “hate speech.”

This raises the question as to who will define “hate speech” and how this label can be misused.

Also there is legislation being proposed that would allow our government to decide who would be allowed to publish news and who would not.

Healthcare workers and medical staff have been threatened with job loss or reprimand for speaking out.

Our right to assembly is under attack [in the name of the public good.]

Ultimately the most dangerous form of censorship is self censorship, where people have been coerced into silence by fear of reprisals.

We are treading on dangerous ground.

The sharing of information is vital for us to determine a correct course of action as a society.

It is every individual’s right, responsibility and duty to do their own research and discern fact from fiction.

If statements or information are untrue then they need to be met with reasoned discussion and debate, not censorship.

Dave Carter

Castlegar

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