Canada "Fox News North" Campaign -- Attempted Sabotage, Avaaz Responds
Yesterday Avaaz experienced an attack
“Stop ‘Fox News North’”
petition consisting of
fraudulent sign-ups of targeted individuals
There is evidence of a deliberate and
illegal effort designed to discredit Avaaz
and violate an important form of democratic expression for Canadian citizens. If this is confirmed we will request a full investigation, and help to
bring the perpetrators to justice
It seems likely that the people behind this attack wanted the public to think that Avaaz is a spamming organization. They
targeted key journalists in an effort to damage Avaaz’s reputation in the press
But the truth, the law, and
414,000 very real Canadian Avaaz subscribers
-- the largest online activist community in Canadian history -- will set the record straight, about us, and about the forces behind this attack.
It's deeply disturbing that in all Avaaz's years of campaigns against US President George Bush, Burmese, Zimbabwean and Sudanese dictators, irresponsible multinational corporations and corrupt politicians, no one has ever yet stooped to this kind of tactic to undermine our
members' right to express their views.
We do not yet have all the facts, but
it appears to speak to the poisonous political climate and deeply deceptive tactics that have been bred by the radical right in Canada
and its progenitor in the US. It is precisely this kind of bare-knuckled, brazenly deceptive and often hateful political climate
that Sun TV's "Fox News North" appears keen to promote.
Canadians understand this, which is why, in just over
36 hours, well over 50,000 Canadians have signed our petition against Stephen
Harper's attack on the independence of the CRTC
as it resists the Sun TV request for access to Canadian’s cable fees.