Earlier this week I launched the new #FreedomOfTweets campaign to support Gregory Alan Elliott, the Toronto artist who has been dragged through the Canadian court system for over three years.
I have worked with Gregory’s son Clayton Elliott to coordinate this campaign aimed at raising money for Gregory’s legal fund, ensuring his story is accurately represented in the media, and to raise public awareness about the state of free speech in Canada and on the web.
In November 2012, Gregory Alan Elliott was arrested and charged with criminal harassment after arguing with feminist activists on Twitter. He did not threaten or endanger anyone. All he did was argue and criticise. As a result of his detention and trial, Gregory has accumulated nearly one hundred thousand dollars in legal fees. His bail conditions also prohibited him from using computers and the internet, forcing him to quit his job as a graphics designer.
(This excerpt from the court documents demonstrates the extraordinary attitude of Ms.Guthrie, one of the complainants in the case, on the issue of “online harassment.”)
Over the course of the trial, it has been repeatedly established that Gregory’s accusers had not been threatened and never had reason to fear for their safety. Gregory has no criminal background, and his critique of the activists was nothing more than a political and moral disagreement. If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail, setting a chilling precedent for free speech on the internet.
I’ve gone further into the case and its specifics in this interview and this update with Clayton Elliott. I will also be continuing to report on the case for The Rebel, so be sure to keep following me here!
Simply by sharing the #FreedomOfTweets hashtag and fundraiser over social media, we have already had $5000 donated over the past few days!
I will be joining Breitbart Tech co-editor Milo Yiannopoulos on his YouTube channel for a #FreedomOfTweets livestream. CLICK HERE to watch and participate.
Guests will include Libertarian Party of Canada leader Tim Moen, Canadian-born broadcaster Gavin McInnes, and the political blogger Greg Renouf.
The trial of Gregory Alan Elliott is one of the most important free speech cases in Canada. A man has been put on trial for little more than political disagreement. If Elliott is convicted, everyone in Canada will have cause to be afraid of expressing themselves freely on social media.
I hope that supporters of free speech on the web will recognise the importance of this case, and lend their support to Gregory Alan Elliott. Some good can come of this if we show the world that the public will be galvanised when an individual’s free speech is threatened.
If you want to support the campaign, visit the #FreedomOfTweets website here.