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Problem #2

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CRIM 135
Graeme Bowbrick

Problem #2 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
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