Subject: EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE Re: Gary Botting Friday April 19,1996 On Friday April 19th, Victoria Lawyer Gary Botting returned an award that he received from Doug Christie and his Canadian Free Speech League, together with letters of explanation, as part of an effort to disassociate himself from Ernst Zundel. Botting said Zundel is unfairly using a taped interview Zundel made with Botting in 1986 as part of a program to try to legitimize Holocaust Denial, and therefore anti-Semitism, and therefore racism. Botting said video copies of the interview are being offered for sale on Zundel's internet site, and if the practice isn't stopped, he will pursue legal action against Zundel. Here is the complete text of one of the letters attached to the plaque that was shoved through the letter slot of Christie's downtown office kiosk. Mr. Douglas Christie 810 Coutney St, Victoria, B.C. April 19, 1996 Dear Sir, Re: The Canadian Free Speech League and The George Orwell Free Speech Award As I mentioned in my letter you regarding Ernst Zundel, it is clear to me that your Canadian Free Speech League is merely a front for an anti-semitic, Pro-Nazi agenda. I have little doubt, in retrospect, that this has always been the case. Your organization is authoritarian and not in the least open to free speech: I sincerely doubt that you know what free speech really means. Certainly it does not appear to mean to you what it means to me, namely, a liberal marketplace of ideas where a variety of opinions are aired without fear of censure. In the Canadian Free Speech League, the only opinions truly allowed are those which conform to your own. And those opinions, as you well know, are antisemitic and almost blatantly pro-Nazi. It is no coincidence that both you and Ernst Zundel usually celebrate your birthdays on April 20, Hitler's Birthday. It is no coincidence that most of the Canadian Free Speech League annual awards ceremonies have been held as close to that date as possible. This connection with Nazism is in itself a travesty of free speech. To link the name of George Orwell with a pro-Nazi agenda is a travesty, for George Orwell was as outspoken against Nazism and antisemitism as any public voice in the second world war. The award is also a travesty, in retrospect, to my own integrity as an individual who in 1985 genuinely if naively fought for the right for free speech. The George Orwell Free Speech award was presented to me by you in 1986 for "outstanding courage in challenging censorship and historical orthodoxy". If I showed courage , I now realize that it was misplaced and misdirected. Believe me, it takes more courage to admit that I was duped ten years ago. Accordingly, I am returning the 1986 George Orwell Free Speech Award to you as Counsel of the Canadian Free Speech League. Sincerely, Gary Botting, Barrister
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