After years of being forced to fight costly legal battles to keep their political discussion forum website ‘Free Dominion’ open, Connie and Mark Fournier have finally had to close the site.
This is essentially a victory for those who would ultimately like to make anything but the status quo opinion on important political matters, “illegal”. The end effect of the lawfare that has been waged against Connie, Mark and Free Dominion is to silence dissenting points of view. How disturbing to know that the courts have allowed people like Richard Warman to win?
Please see Connie and Mark Fournier’s message below and if you are in a position to help with even a small donation, or assist in any way, please consider helping out.
At least in the U.S., the vigorous and mostly, civilized debate still takes place. The video from Fox News below is a good example of why both sides need to be heard lest one side win by default.
Canadians need to make sure that our ability to speak freely and express divergent political opinions publicly, is never compromised and that starts with supporting people like Connie and Mark.
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From: Free Dominion <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 8:13 AM
Subject: Free Dominion – CLOSED by Richard Warman
Free Dominion has been CLOSED by Richard Warman
Hi, FD Friends!
Once again I’m emailing you with a Free Dominion legal update because you have helped us in the past, and/or you are on our list of friends who are interested in keeping up with our cases. (Please let me know if you no longer want to get these status reports.)
It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that Free Dominion is closed.
Richard Warman was able to obtain a court-ordered injunction that would put us in prison if words that were found to be defamatory were posted on our website.
We are considered to have published a post if it appears on Free Dominion, even if we did not make the post ourselves and it was done without our knowledge or approval… even if we take it down.
Obviously, given the propensity of our opponents for using anonymous identities for all kinds of skullduggery, we would be foolish to give them the opportunity to post something that would get us charged with contempt of court and thrown into prison!
That is why we had to close Free Dominion to the public.
We are going to fight this decision because it is effectively a lifelong ban from us ever operating a website where the public can comment. It is also very dangerous case law for other Canadians who allow comments on their own sites.
Since we are also still fighting four other cases, we’ve started an indiegogo fundraiser for our legal fund. Now we don’t have Free Dominion as a means to spread the word, so we would appreciate it greatly if you would send out the link to the fundraiser to your networks. There is a video there where we explain the situation.
Please note that the fundraiser is in US funds, so take that into account if you donate.
If you feel more inclined, you can also help out using an Interac Email Money Transfer to email@example.com.
And our mailing address is:
2000 Unity Rd
Elginburg, ON K0H 1M0
Thank you to all of you who have been so faithful with your prayers, your support and your donations over the past 7 years.
We will not give up. We will keep on fighting as long as we can continue to put one foot in front of the other.
Our online freedom of speech is too important to relinquish to the courts.
Connie and Mark