Turns over fraudulent IP address to RCMP; Raises 100k online to fight
Quebecor's smears and legal threats; Prominent lawyer Clayton Ruby takes
OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Today, Avaaz requested that the Ottawa Police
and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) begin a criminal
investigation to determine the identity of the individual responsible
for adding fraudulent signatures from an Ottawa IP address to the
organization's "Stop 'Fox News North'" petition. In his letter to law
enforcement on behalf of Avaaz, noted civil rights lawyer, Clayton Ruby,
called for a full criminal investigation.
On September 2, 2010, Avaaz became aware that an individual operating
from an Ottawa IP address was adding both fictional and actual names and
email addresses to a petition to stop Prime Minister Harper from pushing
biased crony media onto Canadian airwaves. The next morning, Quebecor
executive and Sun TV front man Kory Teneycke published several pieces in
Quebecor owned newspapers attacking Avaaz and accusing them of running a
fraudulent petition - even quoting actual names added by the fraudster.
Teneycke later admitted to insider knowledge of both the perpetrator and
Days later, Quebecor threatened to sue Avaaz for the content of its
"This is how big corporate power tries to silence people's voices, with
smear campaigns and expensive lawyers," said Ricken Patel, Executive
Director of Avaaz. "Canadians are deeply worried about the poisonous
politics of the Sun media empire and will keep fighting their plan to
force cable companies to give them access to our cable fees."
Over 80,000 Canadians have signed the petition to stop "Fox News North"
and thousands more have donated over $100,000 in just four days to help
Avaaz defend itself against Sun TV's attack campaign and its parent
company's legal threats.
Avaaz is a global campaigning organization with over 414,000 members in
Canada and 5.5 million worldwide.
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