TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - As an organization that works to defend freedom
of expression and fight against censorship, PEN Canada believes that no
regulatory body, private or otherwise, is entitled to accord itself the
power to determine what forms of public speech are permissible. The
error is particularly egregious when regulators deliver ad hoc
judgments on the language of artistic expression. Section 2(b) of The
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognises a right to freedom
of "thought, belief, opinion and expression," and we believe this
fundamental liberty, one of the cornerstones of any modern democracy,
should be interpreted as broadly as possible.
On October 14, 2010 the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC)
decided that the original version of the 1985 Dire Straits song "Money
for Nothing" was too offensive for airplay in Canada. The ruling was
issued in response to a February 1, 2010 complaint by a member of the
LGBT community against the radio station CHOZ-FM in St John's,
Newfoundland. The CBSC panel held that an anti-gay slur in the original
version of "Money for Nothing" violates both the Canadian Association
of Broadcasters' (CAB) Code of Ethics and its Equitable Portrayal Code.
PEN Canada urges the CBSC to respect the right to freedom of expression
and to lift its ban on the original version of "Money for Nothing."
SOURCE PEN Canada
For further information:
Brendan de Caires (email@example.com) PEN Canada, 416 703 8448 ext 21