The authorities should be ashamed of themselves, considering it’s only taken four months to charge the boys responsible for the bullying and harassment of Rehtaeh Parsons with child pornography. Rehtaeh suffered for two years before she finally took her own life, having been told by the authorities that there was nothing that could be done.
Today I listened to a CBC news interview with a MacLeans reporter in which he stated that it would be a mistake to pass cyber-bulling laws.
It would place reporters, the media, etc. at risk of having their rights of free speech curtailed, not allowing them to print stories for fear of retribution.
How selfish and self-serving can someone be?
There is no similarity between the two.
News media and reporters are protected by their rights of freedom of the press and free speech. The Rehtaeh Parsons case is a case of ongoing, escalating bullying as a result of images of her rape being posted online by some boys involved. This is not about a one-time news story based in fact that should be supported by verifiable sources, thereby protecting the media against private lawsuits, etc. There would be no risk of criminal charges.
These actions should have been taken almost two years ago when Rehtaeh’s initial rape complaint was filed with her local authorities. The charges finally laid in the case today are too little, much too late – at least for Rehtaeh Parsons.
I feel for her family.
Shame on the authorities.