Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Right to peaceful protest - upheld

A major part of the NSW government's special WYD laws that had many in the local blogging community up in arms has been overturned.

Two activists have taken the state government to the Federal court over the recently passed World Youth Day laws. Their argument that the laws were unconstiutional because they made peaceful protest illegal was upheld, in part because the definition of "annoy" was potentially too broad.

(Their other claim - that banning the unauthorised sale of items such as stickers, badges and T-shirts, was unconstitutional - was not upheld.)

1 comment:

Dana Hunter said...

Congratulations! Freedom triumphs, censorship gets a black eye. Happiness for all except those who can't stand a little criticism.

Now if the court could've just gotten the commerce part right...