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A Legal Action for Media Democracy

Adbusters Media Foundation has filed an appeal against the recent decision by the B.C. Supreme Court allowing Global Television and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to continue censoring citizen-produced TV ads.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 18, 2008

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Adbusters Media Foundation has filed an appeal against the recent decision by the B.C. Supreme Court allowing Global Television and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to continue censoring citizen-produced TV ads. Adbusters claims that this refusal to sell airtime to citizens and NGOs violates our right to freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"This case raises important questions regarding the nature and scope of freedom of expression on the Canadian broadcasting system," says Adbusters’ lawyer, Mark Underhill. "Parliament has confirmed in the Broadcasting Act that our broadcasting system is a publicly owned resource, but access to the system is controlled by private corporations. We intend to argue before the Court of Appeal that the broadcasters, including Global and the CBC, must remain as defendants in Adbusters' groundbreaking case because they play a critical role in ensuring that the public airwaves are open to a variety of viewpoints on matters of public interest. "

Kalle Lasn, the founder and editor-in-chief of Adbusters, says he’s committed to carrying the case forward all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary.

“Canadians should be able to walk into their local TV stations and buy 30 seconds of airtime under the same rules and conditions as corporations do. The CBC especially, should immediately stop blocking citizen-produced messages or stop calling itself our public broadcaster.”

For more information or interviews with Mark Underhill or Kalle Lasn email paul [at] Adbusters [dot] org.

EDITOR’S NOTES

For more information about Adbusters and the global media democracy movement visit .

[1] Canadian Media facts:

Four corporations (CanWest, Quebecor, Torstar and Gesca) control 72 per cent of the country’s daily newspaper circulation:

Five major media acquisitions in Canada have occurred or are currently in the making in the past two years: CHUM was purchased by CTVglobemedia for $1.4 billion, which then sold five CityTV stations to Rogers for $375 million; CanWest purchased Alliance Atlantis for $2.3 billion; Astral Media bought Standard Broadcasting for $1.2 billion; and Black Press and Quebecor are vying for the Osprey Media newspaper chain in a deal that will be worth more than $400 million.

[2] Facts about Media Democracy:

More than 30,000 people have signed the Media Carta to voice their concerns about the way information is distributed in our society.

In the past year a growing number of grassroots media activist groups have been formed in Canada to express their dissatisfaction with the continued consolidation of the country’s media:

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Liam

Why don't you guys stop worrying about TV and find ways to dominate the web? Nobody watches TV anymore and they certainly don't watch ads.

Use the $100,000 to support new online alternative media like rabble.ca and The Dominion? Use it to create an 'alternative media venture unit' to keep media democracy in the country. Use it to support Canadians for Democratic Media.

TV is so 1950s.

Thanks!
Liam.

Liam

Why don't you guys stop worrying about TV and find ways to dominate the web? Nobody watches TV anymore and they certainly don't watch ads.

Use the $100,000 to support new online alternative media like rabble.ca and The Dominion? Use it to create an 'alternative media venture unit' to keep media democracy in the country. Use it to support Canadians for Democratic Media.

TV is so 1950s.

Thanks!
Liam.

Anonymous

"Adbusters claims that this refusal to sell airtime to citizens and NGOs violates our right to freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

Freedom of expression does not guarantee you a platform for that expression. No one is being censored here. If you call refusal to take ads censorship, what word do you have left for when the government outlaws your ad?

Anonymous

"Adbusters claims that this refusal to sell airtime to citizens and NGOs violates our right to freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

Freedom of expression does not guarantee you a platform for that expression. No one is being censored here. If you call refusal to take ads censorship, what word do you have left for when the government outlaws your ad?

TAO

What is the back up plan when the appeal fails. The system can not allow open ideas broadcast to citizens, beyond the powers that be.

Also is there an American version of this effort? We have the same problem, as does everyone else in the world.

Imagine a world where ideas are exchanged openly on network TV...

TAO

What is the back up plan when the appeal fails. The system can not allow open ideas broadcast to citizens, beyond the powers that be.

Also is there an American version of this effort? We have the same problem, as does everyone else in the world.

Imagine a world where ideas are exchanged openly on network TV...

Robert

Liam, the TV set is still in just about every home, we all still gather around it and stare at it for hours. Also TV programming is free unlike the internet, so most poor folks will have that available vs. the net. I want to same advertising power as any other big company, I want equal access to my airwaves.

Robert

Liam, the TV set is still in just about every home, we all still gather around it and stare at it for hours. Also TV programming is free unlike the internet, so most poor folks will have that available vs. the net. I want to same advertising power as any other big company, I want equal access to my airwaves.

anarchris

i'm grateful to adbusters for this action on everybody's behalf. i too have wondered over the years why we don't get alternative information from various interest groups on tv. if the concern has been that only the wealthy would get their views published, surely this is not a reason to prevent any and all efforts to inform eachother but a reason to be careful to ensure both the rich and poor get access.

anarchris

i'm grateful to adbusters for this action on everybody's behalf. i too have wondered over the years why we don't get alternative information from various interest groups on tv. if the concern has been that only the wealthy would get their views published, surely this is not a reason to prevent any and all efforts to inform eachother but a reason to be careful to ensure both the rich and poor get access.

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