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Last-Modified: 1995/09/10
Source: Jewish Western Bulletin, March 23, 1995, p. 5

Internet link for Zundel?

If Ernst Zundel has his way, he'll soon be spreading his
Holocaust denial views on the Internet, possibly escaping the
realms of Canadian hate legislation.

Zundel recently announced he's preparing to set up a link to
the global information network possibly be setting up his own
World Wide Web (WWW) site.

"At the present moment, Internet enjoys the ultimate freedom
of expression and there's nothing in federal or provincial
legislation that can prevent him [Zundel] from doing this,"
according to Erwin Nest, Canadian Jewish Congress (Pacific
Region) executive director.

Michael Elterman, chair of CJC's community relations
committee, agreed, admitting that while "CJC and the
government are really lagging behind the technology," ultimate
responsibility of regulating Internet lies with the Canadian
Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.

"CRTC is responsible for phone lines - they need to take a
more active role and some responsibility for what is
happening," Eltermann opined.

CJC will deal with fighting hate on the Internet at its
upcoming plenary assembly in Montreal in May. One of the guest
speakers will be Ken McVay, who fights Holocaust denial on the
Internet. (See JWB March 9).

McVay, who appeared not to be overly concerned with a
potential Zundel site, told JWB that it has been in part due
to Zundel's actions that prompted him "to expand the Web page
[a web site index, similar to a book's index] as part of a
massive worldwide project [in which] my machine will be on the
'Net in a few months.

"We've also arranged to have my [Holocaust] archives on the
computer systems of two German libraries. Within a month all
20,000 documents [sic] will be listed on the Web page."

What McVay does find particularly ironic is the fact that
Zundel may open the site in the U.S., in effect "crossing" the
border but "doing it from his own home."

Elterman said Zundel "can do what he wants outside the country
because [ultimately] it's a problem we're going to have to
deal with whether he's in Canada or the U.S. ...the effect is
the same."

If Zundel creates his own site, not only will it be virtually
impossible to enforce hate legislation if the site is outside
Canada, but there are other implications, according to a JWB
source.

"Creating his own site is far more dangerous and insidious
than posting articles in 'newsgroups.' Material in newsgroups
can be challenged ...[but] material placed in a WWW site is
wholly under the control of the person maintaining the site.

"Nothing gets posted there except what the person overseeing
the site chooses to place there," the JWB source warned.


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