Thursday, June 26, 2008

Complaint against MACLEANS MAGAZINE Dismissed by the Canadian Human Rights Commission





Attention News Editors:


Maclean's responds to recent decision from the Canadian Human Rights Commission


    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Maclean's magazine is pleased that the Canadian Human Rights Commission has dismissed the complaint brought against it by the

Canadian Islamic Congress. The decision is in keeping with our long-standing position that the article in question, "The Future Belongs to Islam," an excerpt from Mark Steyn's best-selling book America Alone, was a worthy piece of commentary on important geopolitical issues, entirely within the bounds of normal journalistic practice.


    Though gratified by the decision, Maclean's continues to assert that no human rights commission, whether at the federal or provincial level, has the mandate or the expertise to monitor, inquire into, or assess the editorial decisions of the nation's media. And we continue to have grave concerns about a system of complaint and adjudication that allows a media outlet to be pursued in multiple jurisdictions on the same complaint, brought by the same complainants, subjecting it to costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to say nothing of the inconvenience. We enthusiastically support those parliamentarians who are calling for legislative review of the commissions with regard to speech issues.


    About Maclean's:


    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business and culture. Visit



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