MEDIA RELEASE/EVENT ADVISORY - CJFE hosts free public debate: "Criminalizing Hate: The Limits of Speech in Canada"

TORONTO, June 10, 2015 /CNW/ - On June 11, 2015, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) presents a free public event, "Criminalizing Hate: The Limits of Speech in Canada," where four free expression experts will square off to debate the following: Be it resolved Canada's hate speech laws are necessary. Bernie Farber and David Butt will defend the resolution while Clayton Ruby and Sukanya Pillay will argue against it. Julian Sher will moderate the debate.

Can't join us? Follow the conversation on Twitter using #HateDebate and check out the live blog of the event.


Bernie Farber, former Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress

David Butt, Barrister

Clayton Ruby, Partner at Ruby Shiller Chan Hassan

Sukanya Pillay, President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

Julian Sher, Senior Producer of CBC's The Fifth Estate.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

7:00 p.m. – Doors open to the public

7:30 p.m. – Program begins


Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University

63 Gould Street 

Toronto, ON, M5B 1E9



Please RSVP to Sam Pinto at or register on the event page.

This public debate will be preceded by CJFE's members-only Annual General Meeting (AGM). To become a member and attend, please visit Memberships will also be available for purchase at the door. Please RSVP to Sam Pinto at

About CJFE
CJFE monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. Rooted in the field of journalism, we promote a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of their own and others' free expression rights.

SOURCE Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Tom Henheffer, CJFE Executive Director,, 416-515-9622 x. 226; For further information, please contact: Sam Pinto, CJFE Outreach and Communications Assistant,


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