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Brian Rogers

Lawyer, Media Law

Brian MacLeod Rogers is a lawyer practicing media law and related litigation, with an emphasis on libel, privacy, freedom of expression and Internet-related issues. He has appeared at all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has been involved in numerous recent appellate cases. He was founding president of Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association and is an Adjunct Professor, Ryerson University School of Journalism.

Freedom of Expression and Libel Law

Libel law allows someone to protect his reputation against unfair attack. This seems like a good idea, but Brian Rogers, one of Canada's leading libel lawyers, says that the common law of libel can be "the invisible hand of censorship." Rogers points out that corporations and wealthy individuals may use libel law to discourage journalists and others from critical comment.
10/17/2012 08:04 EDT