You can express yourself freely because you have the right to freedom of expression. It is an important right that lets you to express your thoughts, opinions and beliefs.
But freedom of expression can take on a new dimension on the Internet. Huge numbers of people can see what you say for a very long time.
True or False?
"I'm allowed to say whatever I want. Nobody can stop me because I live in a free country!"
False. You cannot always say whatever you want about.
There are limits to your freedom of expression, whether it's on the Internet, in a newspaper, on the radio or in the schoolyard. Freedom of expression is a very important value in our society, but the right to express yourself or give your opinion about a person has its limits.
The main limits to freedom of expression are other people's rights:
- the right to privacy
- the right of people to control images of themselves
- people's right to their reputations
- the right to security
In other words, although your right to express yourself is very important, this right might conflict with someone else's rights. If you don't respect other people's rights, the law could get involved.
For example, your right to freedom of expression does not let you encourage other people to commit a crime. Also, your right does not let you spread rumours about other people.
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.