But Canada’s most powerful media mogul, Leonard Asper, has decided to play dirty. He is appealing our victory to the Supreme Court – but not with any expectation of winning. Our lawyers tell us that Asper doesn't stand a chance of winning, he's just trying to deplete our coffers, trying to get us to run out of money before we can finish the fight.We’re determined to take Asper on and confident of eventual victory, but as we prepare for the next leg of our battle, we need an injection of funds from people like you, people who have shown their support for our work in the past, people who believe that open airwaves are one of the keys to a flourishing democracy and one of the few promising ways left for us to navigate our way through the dangerous ecological and political times that lie ahead.Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says every human being has the right to seek, receive and impart information without hindrance. This means that, not just corporations, but all citizens and nonprofit groups have the right to walk into their local TV stations and purchase 30 seconds of airtime without being censored.We need $50,000 to keep this fight going and there are many ways you can help. Please donate online at adbusters.org/donate or give us a call at 604-736-9401 or 1-800-663-1243 (toll-free in North America).This is a freedom of speech legal battle of tremendous importance – please help us fight it,
PS – We are eager to get in touch with media lawyers in the US, UK and Australia who are interested in launching Right To Communicate legal actions in their countries. If you have ideas, want more information or want to help plot strategy, email me, email@example.com.WHAT THEY SAID:We don't sell airtime for issue ads because that would allow the people with the financial resources to control public policy. – CBS Boston, public affairs manager, Donald Lowery[Airing your spots would] create some real angst with our key advertisers and clients and agencies. – Channel 7 Australia, sales manager, Eddie ReginatoI'm sure we're not the only venue who has blocked you. I know. I've been kicking around this business for a long time. – Fox Broadcasting Company, executive director of broadcast standards, Darlene Lieblich[Your spots] are counterproductive to what we do. We sell advertising. – CHUM Television Canada, national sales representative, Susan OrrYou know what I feel like saying? Suck it up, it's the real world. – ABC, vice president of advertising, Julie Hoover
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