Libel law flawed despite reforms

Two recent media victories in defamation cases do little to fix an underlying problem: Canada’s libel laws favour protecting reputations over free speech, lawyer and Humber College media law instructor Alan Shanoff argues in an October 2008 column in the Law Times. The law still presumes factual statements published by a defendant are false and, second, expressions of opinion on matters of public interest must satisfy an artificial test.