2011 September 22 Thursday
Saudi Arabia Tries To Silence Critics In Canada

The Saudi government threatens legal action against a Canadian organization that points out Saudi women can't drive and that their testimony in court means less than a man's testimony.

A Canadian TV ad that promotes Canada’s “ethical oil “ and blasts Middle East oil — from the same organization that’s run print ads showing an Arab woman about to be stoned — has caused Saudi Arabia’s lawyers in Canada to send a threatening legal notice to Canadian TV network CTV, which has held off running the ad until the matter is resolved.

First point: Foreign governments should not be allowed to have legal standing in Western countries to sue for defamation or on other grounds that would have a chilling effect on free speech. Note that at this point the Saudis have cut off a channel for sending out a message for this organization just by threatening legal action.

Second point: The government of Wahhabi Muslim Saudi Arabia, which, btw, funds the spread of their version of Islam in America, does not hesitate to use oppressive hate speech laws (thanks illiberal leftists) to choke off free speech in Western countries. Not a few Muslims in Western countries support this oppression.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 September 22 06:15 AM  Civilizations Clash Of


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Lou Pagnucco said at September 22, 2011 8:55 AM:

Randall,

First, Canadian media self-censors pretty well now.
I was cut off from a Canadian call-in show just for politely questioning Canada's motives in ongoing wars.

My bet is that Canadian hate speech laws are not used by Muslims very often - and often victimize them.
Yes - there is an anti-free speech/expression movement driven by authoritarian "liberals" and "conservatives" gaining force everywhere.
In the UK especially, the autocracy is finding ever more Orwellian ways of muzzling dissent.
Scary.

jerry said at September 23, 2011 9:38 AM:

Is it any different than this?:

Canada Gets Tough on Anti-Semitism


http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/avi-benlolo/anti-semitism-canada_b_973587.html

Lingering said at September 23, 2011 4:20 PM:

I wonder if there's really free speech in America. Radical Muslim scare me just as much as America's Big Brother.

RODRIGO ACOSTA FERREYRA said at September 24, 2011 9:25 PM:

At first for me is wrong, those rules which exist in Saudi Arabia as a woman is less than men, they still live in a society not adapted to the modern world in which a woman is better that man thinking that bad, but their rules so that he will do.

I am very much in favor of the Arabs and that what the Canadian company is spreading and that violence is wrong. Unable to think that these days there televicion in less than 80% of the world.

No more for now we see.

Rodrigo Acosta Ferreyra 3rd B SALESIANO MORELIA.

JuanD said at September 25, 2011 5:44 PM:

. The truth I think it's OK that the government of Saudi Arabia, of the comments to defend Canadians and that Canadians should not be involved in the modus operandi of the Saudi government.
Also I think they should look for ways to reach an agreement and that by talking things out before acting, is the best way to solve it.

sebastian said at September 25, 2011 6:19 PM:

From my point of view is wrong not Acknowledge the values ​​of men and women, and as we see in Saudi even Rasismo There's just too much conservative environment is in, I think it would be best to get started with modernism the rest of the world and leave more freedom to women that Hambo sexes are equal.

and as for Canadians it is inappropriate to use you are giving comunicancion wing is not a suitable MESSAGE anything from any point of view


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