Libel Law is Dangerous
Libel practitioners often create a swamp of pre–trial motions and manoeuvres designed to avoid the issues at hand and to complicate and prolong the process. A person of modest means cannot afford to seek redress under the libel law from a major publisher or broadcaster. Similarly, a small– or medium–sized publisher cannot withstand the onslaught of a wealthy plaintiff...
Ontario does not need this libel law. Even if it were struck down from the statute books, individuals would still be able to use the courts to protect their reputations. Ontario has another law against malicious falsehood. This law allowed people to sue if they are damaged by the publication of a lie. That is what any good libel law should do.
No democratic society needs a law that punishes openness, restricts
inquiry into truth to the courtroom, assumes that writers are malicious
and plaintiffs are injured simply because someone has said that
someone else doesn’t like.
From a brief entitled A Dangerous Silence, written by Writers to Reform the Libel Law