The Government of Canada believes that the media are not fairly reporting
what the government is doing. The government decides to pass a law that
requires the media to get government approval before reporting any story
about the government. The government passes a statute called the “Truth in
Reporting About Government Act”.
Section 1 of theAct states “Any person reporting on government activities
through newspapers, radio, TV or other media must receive government
approval before reporting the story”.
Section 2 of theAct states the punishment for violating the statute: “Any
person who violates thisAct is guilty of an offence and liable to
imprisonment for up to two years”.
Susan writes a blog about politics, and in this blog she regularly writes about
the government’s activities. Some of the things she writes in her blog are
very critical of the government. She has written these critical stories about
the government without getting government approval. She has just been
charged with violating the Truth in Reporting About Government Act, and
she will go on trial soon.
1. If you are Susan’s lawyer and you want to argue the Truth in
Reporting About Government Act is unconstitutional, what would your