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As Vice President of PEN International, Margaret Atwood has pledged to oppose Ã¢â‚¬Å“any form of suppression of freedom of expression.Ã¢â‚¬Â But she sits on a board directors with a man who says some people have no right to free speech. She has written the forward to a book by David Suzuki - who thinks politicians should be jailed for their climate change decisions. She has also encouraged her Twitter followers to visit a web page that says a TV station that hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even begun broadcasting should be stopped.
The campaign against 'Fox News North' threatens the intellectual freedom of all Canadians.
What kind of company invites you to be part of a bold new television station and then a few months later shrugs and mumbles that it was all a practical joke?
Invited in May to join a new Canadian television station, I was supposed to be a contrarian voice on topics such as global warming and David Suzuki. By October, the broadcaster had lost its nerve. This multi-part essay relates how Canadian cultural icon Margaret Atwood teamed up with an American, left-wing activist group to interfere with Canadian consumers' television choices. I'm a bit player in this drama (albeit one wooed & then jilted by a media company lacking even a scrap of honour). The bigger picture is that Canadians will continue to be fed the same old pablum.