Canwest management faces discovery in Alberta, appeal in New York



    CALGARY, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Journalist Arthur Kent confirmed today that
examinations for discovery are ongoing in his defamation lawsuit against
Canwest Publishing, the National Post and Calgary Herald, and employee Don
Martin.
    Kent says: "We are now examining the hard facts of this case. It's very
encouraging to witness the process moving forward."
    Kent brought the action in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench in response
to an article published under Martin's by-line in February, 2008 in Canwest
publications and internationally on the nationalpost.com website.
    The article, Kent says, misrepresents his reputation in both the New
York-based network news industry and as a contributor to Canwest's newspapers
and newscasts, and falsely maligns his campaign as a candidate for the
Progressive Conservative government in the 2008 Alberta provincial election.
    As detailed last autumn at arthurkent.ca, Kent had urged Premier Ed
Stelmach to respond to voters' concerns over his energy policies and to
address the PC's culture of patronage, which drew the ire of some backroom
figures and campaign officials.
    Martin had never met or spoken with Kent prior to publication. Neither
Kent's nor his supporters' comments were included in the article. Kent filed a
rebuttal promptly after the election, which the National Post and Calgary
Herald refused to publish. Canwest did not respond to a subsequent offer to
resolve the matter.
    Kent says: "In a province dominated by one party, and afflicted by
Canada's lowest voter turnout, new candidates with new ideas must be able to
campaign without fear of malicious defamation."
    Canwest's lawyers sought a stay of the Alberta action due to a separate
libel suit filed by Kent in New York State Supreme Court. On May 27, the Court
in Calgary denied Canwest's stay motion, ordering the defendants to pay costs
to Kent.
    Discovery began with the first witness testifying under oath July 14.
Later, the New York Court granted Canwest's motion to dismiss the lawsuit
there on a procedural issue, a ruling Kent and his lawyers are now appealing.
No costs were awarded.
    Further details at: www.arthurkent.ca




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