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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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Kono

Television is the most powerful social communications tool in the world able to capture the mainstream public imagination in ways the internet still cannot . . . that's why McCain & Obama are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on TV and corporations/industries spend one hundred BILLION dollars every year on TV. Everyone should have the right to walk into their local station and buy airtime - that's what free speech is all about. Networks, like Canada's CBC and the big U.S. networks who routinely censor Adbusters ads make me very angry. After we win our legal action, we'll show them what democracy looks like on TV,
for the wild, Kalle

Kono

Television is the most powerful social communications tool in the world able to capture the mainstream public imagination in ways the internet still cannot . . . that's why McCain & Obama are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on TV and corporations/industries spend one hundred BILLION dollars every year on TV. Everyone should have the right to walk into their local station and buy airtime - that's what free speech is all about. Networks, like Canada's CBC and the big U.S. networks who routinely censor Adbusters ads make me very angry. After we win our legal action, we'll show them what democracy looks like on TV,
for the wild, Kalle

Anonymous

I would not underestimate "regulating" the TV medium because of its decline. It is an important part of our media environment (like it or not) and the key reference for mainstream web medias (business model and branding) originate from TV.

Neil Postman's insights on how the public discourse has evolved for the worse as a result of TV are noteworthy. rf. "Amusing ourselves to death". The same insights of contextless newsbits become most relevant when citizens and NGOs start getting the rights to add context to their contextless newsstreams. In spite of the web linking abilities to provide context, the mainstream web often try to perpertuate IMO this contextless news environment.

The media carta battle for sanitizing our mental environment remains as important as as the physical environment one. Thanks to Adbusters for leading the way!

Anonymous

I would not underestimate "regulating" the TV medium because of its decline. It is an important part of our media environment (like it or not) and the key reference for mainstream web medias (business model and branding) originate from TV.

Neil Postman's insights on how the public discourse has evolved for the worse as a result of TV are noteworthy. rf. "Amusing ourselves to death". The same insights of contextless newsbits become most relevant when citizens and NGOs start getting the rights to add context to their contextless newsstreams. In spite of the web linking abilities to provide context, the mainstream web often try to perpertuate IMO this contextless news environment.

The media carta battle for sanitizing our mental environment remains as important as as the physical environment one. Thanks to Adbusters for leading the way!

Anonymous

Be subversive in your ads presented . . . give your website address, or ask a good question which will disturb the general public's "view" (or lack thereof).

Adbuster's cover which had a head with a product scan on its brain was great.

A jarring visual which does not state an outright view is great - for instance, the CPP funds are really low: gov't investments went down, and people fear their CPP is in huge trouble, thus the Conservatives will not release the report until December - that is 6 months late and to be after the election!

So, if you want working Canadians to worry about who to vote for, hit their pocketbook future and their pension nightmares.

Anonymous

Be subversive in your ads presented . . . give your website address, or ask a good question which will disturb the general public's "view" (or lack thereof).

Adbuster's cover which had a head with a product scan on its brain was great.

A jarring visual which does not state an outright view is great - for instance, the CPP funds are really low: gov't investments went down, and people fear their CPP is in huge trouble, thus the Conservatives will not release the report until December - that is 6 months late and to be after the election!

So, if you want working Canadians to worry about who to vote for, hit their pocketbook future and their pension nightmares.

Ross, North Bay

I think it's great to keep going after Big Media, all the way to the supreme court if necessary, but have you stopped to think of what may happen if you win. By virtue of a win the action will have to be reciprocal. Big Media will argue they have the right to advertise in Adbusters and how could you possibly deny them? In browsing your latest issue let me point out possible ads a lawyer could have a field day with:
ADBUSTERS ONLINE adbusters.org
rethink capitalism blackspotshoes.org
BACK TO SCHOOL Media Empowerment Kit
DESIGN ANARCHY by kalle lasn
Subscription plug and Big Ideas 2009
memewarriors.org
CULURAL REBIRTH RETHINKCAPITALISM.ORG.

Are you ready for this kind of phyrric victory?, talk about a way to ruin a good thing. Why not try as well to get ads on local cable provider channels, the IFC or some such channel, or solicit enough interest to start up a counterculture tv channel on cable. Good luck but remember, what you win will affect all magazines of you stature, and we the readers do not want to go back to reading Macleans or Time.

Ross, North Bay

I think it's great to keep going after Big Media, all the way to the supreme court if necessary, but have you stopped to think of what may happen if you win. By virtue of a win the action will have to be reciprocal. Big Media will argue they have the right to advertise in Adbusters and how could you possibly deny them? In browsing your latest issue let me point out possible ads a lawyer could have a field day with:
ADBUSTERS ONLINE adbusters.org
rethink capitalism blackspotshoes.org
BACK TO SCHOOL Media Empowerment Kit
DESIGN ANARCHY by kalle lasn
Subscription plug and Big Ideas 2009
memewarriors.org
CULURAL REBIRTH RETHINKCAPITALISM.ORG.

Are you ready for this kind of phyrric victory?, talk about a way to ruin a good thing. Why not try as well to get ads on local cable provider channels, the IFC or some such channel, or solicit enough interest to start up a counterculture tv channel on cable. Good luck but remember, what you win will affect all magazines of you stature, and we the readers do not want to go back to reading Macleans or Time.

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