PEN Canada opposes request to disqualify Maclean's magazine from Heritage funding

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

For further information:

Brendan de Caires (416) 703-8448 x.21| bdecaires@pencanada.ca


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