Vancouverites: Support Media Democracy!

Show up at the B.C. Court of Appeal on Monday morning in support of Adbusters' lawsuit against Canwest Global

McDonald's can go on CBC Newsworld and tell us how great their Big Macs are, but Adbusters can’t buy airtime to point out that 50% of the calories in a Big Mac come from fat. The automobile manufacturers can buy as much time as they want to tell us how sexy their cars are, but Greenpeace is not allowed on to point out that the personal automobile is one of the primary causes of climate change. Every ad on TV glorifies consumption and tells us we can be happy if we buy things, but a Buy Nothing Day TV spot is not allowed on.

This lack of democracy on the public airwaves is what’s at stake in a legal action that’s going to be fought in the B.C. Supreme Court this Monday. Come to the courtroom and join people who are interested in fighting for the right to walk into their local TV station, put some money on the table and buy some airtime for some message that they believe in. Come and meet us there. Let’s fill the courtroom and win this battle for the public airwaves.

The hearing is at 10:00am on Monday, February 16th at the courthouse in downtown Vancouver (800 Smithe St.)

Read more about the case.

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Anonymous

"Ultimately if they want to refuse your business they should have the right to." Under what grounds? Should businesses have an absolute right to refuse someone's business for whatever reason?

Anonymous

"Ultimately if they want to refuse your business they should have the right to." Under what grounds? Should businesses have an absolute right to refuse someone's business for whatever reason?

Paul

Thanks very much to all who turned up this morning at the Court of Appeal. We appreciate your support. Now we have to wait for the judgement, which may take as long as a couple of months.

Paul

Thanks very much to all who turned up this morning at the Court of Appeal. We appreciate your support. Now we have to wait for the judgement, which may take as long as a couple of months.

Darnell

Great Plan, I'm looking forward to hearing how this turns out. You've got the support of a Vancouverite in Malaysia.

Darnell

Great Plan, I'm looking forward to hearing how this turns out. You've got the support of a Vancouverite in Malaysia.

Anonymous

We need legislation that mandates the networks to air content from a wide variety of voices. As it stands now, the network has to make a judgment call as to whether or not to air the spot. If they do, they risk losing a huge advertiser like McDonald's. If there were legislation that forced them to air it, the network wouldn't lose advertisers because they would understand that the network has no say in the matter.

Anonymous

We need legislation that mandates the networks to air content from a wide variety of voices. As it stands now, the network has to make a judgment call as to whether or not to air the spot. If they do, they risk losing a huge advertiser like McDonald's. If there were legislation that forced them to air it, the network wouldn't lose advertisers because they would understand that the network has no say in the matter.

wade

crap crap crap is there another soon? how did the case go? how can i help free minds and hearts of people!!! ahhh i feel so helpless! lets get out there spread the word we r slaves

wade

crap crap crap is there another soon? how did the case go? how can i help free minds and hearts of people!!! ahhh i feel so helpless! lets get out there spread the word we r slaves

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