CanWest huffs and puffs while free speech burns

Today in the Georgia Straight there is an article by Carel Moiseiwitsch and Gordon Murray who claiming sole responsibility for creating the parody of the Vancouver Sun that has got Mordecai Briemberg sued by CanWest.  They argue convinciengly that political satire is a fundamental freedom in Canada.

I’ve been surprised and disappointed that there has been almost no mainstream media coverage on this issue.  In June, there was a public demonstration outside the CanWest offices where the Golden Gag award was given out.  I heard that there was no mainstream media coverage of the event.  Chilly climate?

Vancouver based Adbusters magazine ran an article in May, but I haven’t heard any coverage on CBC radio, nor seen coverage on the CBC website, or on The Tyee (even though Briemberg is a contributor).  The Straight has run a few small bits.  I was happy they ran this piece today.

There’s a few great points in the article.  First on media concentration:

In Vancouver, CanWest dominates the news market through ownership of the Vancouver Sun, the Province, the National Post, Global TV, the Vancouver Courier, the North Shore News, and the Now community newspaper chain. With so few news sources to provide alternative views, we concluded that a newspaper parody would be the best method to point out CanWest’s extreme anti-Palestinian bias.

The authors name the Canadian Library Association in the list of organizations concerned with freedom of information:

Prominent Canadian freedom-of-information organizations, including the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), Quebec’s Ligue des droits et libertés (LDL), and the Canadian Library Association, disagree with Bent’s view and have called on CanWest to drop its lawsuit.

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