The owner of The Vancouver Sun has launched a lawsuit against a pro-Palestinian activist and a local printing company over the publication of a fake edition of the daily newspaper.Covenant Zone had the opportunity to remove copies of this hate hoax from the free newspaper racks outside the Vancouver Public Library. It was clear that a lot of money and effort went into this attack on Jewish people. It's great to see the Aspers fighting for decency by suing these self-righteous true believers in the purity of their leftist intellects.
A writ of summons filed by CanWest Mediaworks Publications alleges that long-time left-wing activist Mordecai Briemberg, other unidentified activists and Horizon Publications conspired to produce and distribute a phoney edition of The Vancouver Sun on June 7, 2007.
The defendants distributed about 12,000 copies of the fake newspaper in Vancouver, Victoria and at the University of B.C.
"We take this matter very seriously. We did say that we would follow up, and I believe our customers expect us to," Vancouver Sun publisher Kevin Bent said about the suit.
The CanWest writ also alleges the defendants published the content of the fake newspaper on various websites.
The suit said the defendants were "motivated by hostility to the principal shareholders of the plaintiff and by a desire to undermine, or hurt, the business of the plaintiff and its principal shareholders."
The plaintiff's writ, submitted by lawyer David Church, said Briemberg and six other unidentified people are involved in anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian media activities.
The writ alleges that the defendants "harbour antagonistic views towards the plaintiff, its principal shareholders and the reporting and editorial opinions expressed in the plaintiff's publications, including in The Vancouver Sun."
The writ also names Horizon general manager Garth Leddy as a defendant. Leddy declined to comment when reached Friday.
Defendant Briemberg has been a longtime critic of the Israeli policies in the Middle East. Briemberg was among some left-wing instructors fired in 1969 by Simon Fraser University.
The plaintiff is claiming punitive, aggravated damages and aggravated costs. CanWest is also seeking an injunction, prohibiting the defendants from creating any fake newspapers or publications with the plaintiff's trademarks.
We also received word today from ice about a story we covered ten days ago. The University of Florida vice-president who sent students an email suggesting their right to free speech was secondary to their obligation to recognize the pieties of the global intifida-leftist academic alliance, seems to be backing away from her previous, ethically-confused stance. Ice sends us the text of the latest effort of Patricia Telles-Irvin:
To: All UF studentsIt seems that there are free-thinking students out there who don't take victimary moral blackmail without talking back. Since all the good arguments and real thinking are today on the post-victimary side, I'm sure we will be seeing more of this kind of fancy footwork from the frequently lost and nihilistic professoriate in future.
From: Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs
Subject: My e-mail last week
There has been much discussion about an e-mail I sent Nov. 26 regarding the posters advertising the movie "Obsession."
Since that time, some important dialogue has been exchanged between members of the student groups involved. But over the last week, there has been some misunderstanding on the university's position on certain points. Please allow me to clarify.
* The university supports the rights of students to freely express themselves on any issue.
* The university condemns terrorists acts and those who perpetrate them, regardless of who they are. And we clearly recognize there are people who use Islam to support violence.
* The university has no intention of taking disciplinary action against anyone involved in creating or distributing the posters. That was never a consideration.
* The university has heard allegations that the posters were removed by people who opposed their message. Efforts by the University Police Department and Student Affairs to confirm this or identify offenders were unsuccessful. Removal of posters from proper venues is prohibited by the university's policies and will not be tolerated.
The original intent of my e-mail was to foster greater understanding and communication among groups. As we all surely know, free speech is a cherished right not only in this country but also on this campus. We should always feel comfortable expressing our diverse opinions.