Punished first, acquitted later

    The Danish cartoon investigation has made Alberta's human rights
    commission an international embarrassment

    CALGARY, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - After 900 days, the Alberta Human Rights
Commission has finally dismissed a complaint of illegal "discrimination"
against Ezra Levant and the now-defunct Western Standard magazine, for
republishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in 2006.
    Fifteen government bureaucrats participated in the investigation, costing
Alberta taxpayers more than $500,000 and leaving Levant and the magazine with
$100,000 in legal bills.
    "I was punished first, then acquitted later. It was a mockery of
justice," said Levant.
    "Part of me is glad to be acquitted. But I really couldn't give a damn
what some government bureaucrat has to say about what I can or can't publish.
It's a free country. I can publish whatever I want, no matter what the
government says."
    In 1938, Alberta became an international embarrassment when it attempted
to regulate newspapers through its unconstitutional Press Act, noted Levant.
"It's seventy years later, and the province is once again becoming an
international laughing stock."

    Levant was the only person in the free world facing charges for
publishing the cartoons. News of Alberta's investigation was reported around
the world, and last month Levant appeared before the U.S. Congress to testify
about the threat to freedom of speech posed by human rights commissions.

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For further information: Ezra Levant at ezra@ezralevant.com or visit

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