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Editorial: I Was Fired for Criticizing Israel. Jody Wilson-Raybould Just Hinted Why. PDF Print E-mail
Mar 05, 2019 at 12:00 AM

... I have personal experience that reinforces this. One year ago, in March 2018, I was employed at a press freedom organization, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). The organization’s mandate is to assist journalists under threat at home and abroad and to monitor, report on and defend press freedom. During my time we had issued statements condemning press freedom violations in countries like Iran, Turkey and China. Frequently, these statements also included calls to action directed to Canadian federal politicians.

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Powerful individuals employed by the state broadcaster in a purportedly democratic country objected to a true and justified statement of advocacy directed to federal politicians by staff at an independent nongovernmental organization which was well within that organization’s mandate. Those powerful individuals used their influence and status as public employees to destroy the organization which produced the statement and push the staff members who wrote and vetted that statement into unemployment. Briarpatch magazine listed this as the top  incidence from 2018 in which “Canadian journalists serve(d) the ruling class

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The BCCLA opposes the international campaign to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism PDF Print E-mail
Jun 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM

The BCCLA is concerned about an international campaign that is urging governments to use the definition of “antisemitism” adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (“IHRA”).  The campaign is targeting all levels of government in Canada, as well as universities, police, and other authorities.

We strongly oppose this proposal because of its threat to freedom of expression.

Antisemitism is a serious problem.  Our association is unequivocally opposed to antisemitism and other forms of racism. We believe, however, that fighting racism and defending civil liberties are complementary objectives; that the best way to defeat racism is to promote arguments against it rather than to have the government silence people.

We have long had concerns about the use of hate speech laws, especially with respect to their capacity to chill legitimate political speech. We believe that the legal adoption of the IHRA definition in Canada is inconsistent with the values underlying the Charter of Rights and Freedom and would greatly narrow the scope of political expression in Canada.

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Tutu's Trip to Gaza Censored by the US Media PDF Print E-mail
Jun 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

By Mike Whitney

“There can be no justice, no peace, no stability, not for Israel, not for the Palestinians, without accountability for human rights violations." Archbishop Desmond Tutu

01/06/08 "ICH" -- - Why was Desmond Tutu's trip to Gaza censored by the US media?

When Nobel Laureate and world renowned peacemaker Desmond Tutu goes to Gaza to visit the site of an Israeli massacre; that's news, right? So why is it impossible to find any account of his trip in America's leading newspapers? Is it because any information that is incompatible with the territorial ambitions of the Israeli leadership is simply “disappeared” into the media-ether?

Archbishop Tutu was a leader in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. He is neaither a terrorist nor an anti-Semite. His work as a human rights activist spans 4 decades. Like former president Jimmy Carter he was shunned by the Israeli government and refused entry into Gaza.

Why?

Two days earlier author and university professor Norman Finkelstein was refused entry into Israel even though he's Jewish and had parents who survived the Holocaust. Isn't that enough to gain entry or must one accept the prevailing doctrine of the far-right extremists in the Olmert government who think that it's okay to deprive Palestinians of their rights whenever they see fit?

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Ad Hoc Committee to Defend the University PDF Print E-mail
Oct 31, 2007 at 06:53 PM

http://defend.university.googlepages.com/home

Many concerned individuals, on campuses and beyond, have been monitoring and condemning the recent attacks on academic freedom, including the ever more aggressive incursion of partisan politics into universities' hiring and tenure practices. Today a diverse group of academics and others are joining together to collectively mark our resistance to the current abrogation of academic freedoms. To begin we are asking people to sign up so that their name may be added to the petition on our web page here, and to the petition as it will appear in the press. If you would like to join us, or for more information,

please contact us at : defend.university@gmail.com

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CanWest wins Golden Gag Award PDF Print E-mail
Jun 04, 2008 at 12:28 PM
Ceremony Friday, June 6 at noon at Granville Square, 200 Granville Street, Vancouver

This year’s Golden Gag Award will be presented to Canwest, Canada’s largest media empire, at noon on Friday (June 6) at the Granville Square, 200 Granville St., the home of the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers.

Sponsored by the Seriously Free Speech Committee, the award recognizes individuals or companies who have excelled in limiting free speech, intimidating opposing points of view, and the skilled use of SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suits to attempt to silence critics.

Committee spokesperson Jef Keighley said what clinched the award for Canwest was the way it went overboard in filing a suit against retired academic Mordecai Briemberg for producing a parody of the Vancouver Sun.

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Dichter cancels U.K. trip over fears of 'war crimes' arrest
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent
Haaretz.
Dec. 6, 2007

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter canceled a trip to Britain over concerns he would be arrested due to his involvement in the decision to assassinate the head of Hamas' military wing in July 2002.

Fifteen people were killed in the bombing of Salah Shehade's house in Gaza, among them his wife and three children, when Dichter was head of the Shin Bet security service. He is the first minister to have to deal with a possible arrest.

Dichter was invited to take part in a conference by a British research institute on "the day after" Annapolis. He was supposed to give an address on the diplomatic process.
Dichter contacted the Foreign Ministry and sought an opinion on the matter, among other reasons because of previous cases in which complaints were filed in Britain and arrest warrants were issued on suspicion of war crimes by senior officers who served during the second intifada.

The Foreign Ministry wrote Dichter that it did not recommend he visit Britain because of a high probability that an extreme leftist organization there would file a complaint, which might lead to an arrest warrant. The ministry also wrote that because Dichter was not an official guest of the British government, he did not have immunity from arrest.

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