tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Media giant CanWest slaps SLAPP suit on Palestinian activists

Notoriously pro-Israel media conglomerate CanWest Global Communication filed a lawsuit against at least 3 Vancouver activists who allegedly produced a pro-Palestine parody of a Vancouver Sun issue last year.

CanWest owns the Vancouver Sun as well as dozens of other media outlets, including Global TV, the National Post, canada.com, and almost all dailies and weeklies in the Vancouver area.

From the website of the Seriously Free Speech Committee, organized to help defend and raise awareness about the issue:

"In June 2007, the Palestine Media Collective produced and distributed 12,000 copies of a newspaper parody of the Vancouver Sun that satirized Canwest’s anti-Palestinian bias... Canwest has launched an unprecedented civil lawsuit against local activists... for “conspiring” to produce and distribute a four-page parody of the Vancouver Sun’s satirising Canwest’s biased coverage of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories."

[Watch the video clip explaining the case here.]

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