An advocate's "Top Five Misconceptions about Free Speech"

As policy director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, Micheal Vonn is a crusader for free speech, but says people who are caught up in the recent media fervour might be uncomfortable with what freedom of expression really means. She walks us through her Top Five Misconceptions about Free Speech.
Journalists show their press cards during a minute of silence outside the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, a day after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a satirical newspaper and killed 12 people. (Francois Mori/Associated Press)


With freedom of expression top of mind after the Charlie Hebdo shootings and controversial comments made by staff or students at two Maritime universities, there is a lot of talk from Canadian pundits and politicians about our right to free speech.
As policy director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, Micheal Vonn is a crusader for free speech, but says people who are caught up in the recent patriotic fervour might be uncomfortable with what freedom of expression really means. She walks us through her "Top Five Myths about Free Speech."