Well, well, well. Looks like the speech-squelchers in Canada want to back off their bullying of Mark Steyn and Maclean’s. Too little, too late:
THE CANADIAN ISLAMIC CONGRESS
PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
April 29, 2008
ISLAMIC CONGRESS AND LAW STUDENTS TO MAKE PUBLIC SETTLEMENT OFFER TO MACLEAN’S ON HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINTS
TORONTO – The Canadian Islamic Congress and a group of law students who recently filed human rights complaints against Maclean’s magazine for publishing Islamophobic content, are planning to present a public offer to the magazine’s management to settle the matter.
Details of this offer and more information regarding the background of the above-mentioned complaints will be provided to those in attendance.
10:00 a.m.: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, The Quebec Room, 100 Front Street West,
Present at the media conference will be:
– Faisal Joseph: CIC legal counsel, former Federal and Provincial Crown Attorney, and former Chair of the Criminal Section of the
Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia).
– Muneeza Sheikh, Naseem Mithoowani and Khurrum Awan: Three of the law students/graduates who were original complainants against Maclean’s magazine.
For more information contact:
Faisal Joseph: (519) 672-4510
The National Post’s Jonathan Kay reflects on unintended consequences:
[I]t’s fair to say that the Maclean’s imbroglio has been one of the biggest shots in the arm to Canadian conservatives in general. It’s turned red-meat right-winger Ezra Levant into a star blogger and a free-speech hero with brand-name recognition in the United States, turned Steyn’s name into a household word, created a debate within the Jewish community over its traditionally doctrinaire support for blanket hate-speech laws (Ezra for CJC president, anyone?), shone a light on the amateurish shenanigans of Canada’s human rights commissions, driven a powerful movement for reform of said commissions, and generally served to marginalize the pro-censorship lobby to the point that its main defender is now a disgruntled former journalist who fills his blog with unhinged conspiracy theories about how everyone who favours free speech is a racist.
All of which to say: Thank you, CIC. You’ve done a good deed — albeit unintentionally.