TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - On December 16, 2010, Senator Vivienne Poy
wrote Heritage Minister James Moore asking him to disqualify Maclean's magazine from federal subsidies for publishing a contentious article
about Asian-Canadians in universities in Canada.
Senator Poy asked the federal government to delist the magazine, which
receives $1.5 million a year in government funding, because the article
in question said some Caucasians avoid universities because they are
"too Asian" (the title of the article). Senator Poy called the article
"offensive" and "unprofessional" and questioned the value of
subsidizing a magazine which practices "divisive journalism".
PEN Canada urges the federal government to ignore Senator Poy's demand
that Maclean's be punished for publishing something she did not like. To deny the
magazine funding on this basis would set a dangerous precedent for
further punitive actions, using the lever of financial support from
government-controlled funding agencies, against media outlets that
express views that officials find objectionable. PEN Canada believes
such actions amount to censorship in a free and democratic society.
SOURCE PEN Canada
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