CNP Serves Winnipeg Media Cease & Desist Order
Following the media coverage of our recent July 28th Winnipeg Nationalist Rally hosted at the Belgian Club, the CNP has decided to serve cease and desist letters to a number of Winnipeg media outlets for their coverage of our event which we believe to be defamatory in nature.
The Canadian Nationalist Party has learned that Winnipeg media outlets have engaged in spreading false, destructive, and defamatory rumors. These defamatory actions involve creating media reports that claim the Canadian Nationalist Party is a “white nationalist” group who supports “anti-immigration” and promotes “monoculturalism”.
We have spent several years serving the community in the political profession and building a positive reputation. These defamatory actions are an attack on our professional reputation and an affront to our community-building efforts.
As a political party whose application is currently in the process to become federally ratified and intends on competing in the upcoming 43rd Federal Election, these characterizations of our party are socially limiting and financially destructive. Canadian citizens who read these media reports and come to the false conclusion that we are indeed as portrayed, will not even consider voting for our political party or support our beliefs in any regard. In some cases, these citizens who gain a false impression of our group because of these defamatory statements will not only disagree with our political message, but will actively oppose us. This is a clear act of defamation and a violation of Canadian law.
To date, our organization has not received a single phone call asking for comment on our Winnipeg Nationalist Rally held July, 28th at the Belgian Club. Our phone number is displayed promptly at the top of our website homepage.
As a public media broadcaster, it is their responsibility to acquire multiple perspectives of a story before making it available to the public. There are numerous sources available directly on our website and elsewhere which explicitly reject the idea that we are a “white nationalist” group.
You can read the full cease and desist orders served to Winnipeg media outlets here:
- CityNews – Cease & Desist Order, Defamation
- CBC – Cease & Desist Order, Defamation
- CTV – Cease & Desist Order, Defamation
Winnipeg media reports:
* Includes the phrase “white nationalist” directly in source URL. This is an attempt to associate our group with the ideology of white nationalism in search engine queries and otherwise.
Please note that our organization has made backup copies of these statements and fully intend on using them as evidence in a formal legal proceeding.
Under Canadian law, it is unlawful to engage in defamation of another’s character and reputation. Defamation consists of:
- a statement that tends to injure reputation;
- communicated to another; and
- that the speaker knew or should have known was false.
Furthermore, the event on July 28th at the Belgian Club was a private function. Yet, the media outlets in question used video footage in their reports which was never authorized by our organization.
Section 184 of the Criminal Code “Every one who, by means of any electro-magnetic, acoustic, mechanical or other device, wilfully intercepts a private communication is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years”.
The video footage used in the media reports was unlawfully acquired by a group who was trespassing on private property in an attempt to disrupt a private function. Publishing this video footage (which was unlawfully acquired) in a media report (which is factually incorrect) is an act of defamation. It is also an act of interception. Considering this is a private event for a political party actively competing in the upcoming 43rd Federal Election, we take this breach of justice very seriously.
Accordingly, we demand that you (A) immediately cease and desist your unlawful defamation of the Canadian Nationalist Party and (B) provide us with prompt written assurance within ten (10) days that you will cease and desist from further defamation of Canadian Nationalist Party’s character and reputation and (C) issue a public retraction of your false and misleading characterizations of our group.
If you do not comply with this cease and desist demand within this time period, the Canadian Nationalist Party is entitled to seek monetary damages and equitable relief for your defamation. In the event you fail to meet this demand, please be advised that the Canadian Nationalist Party will pursue all available legal remedies, including seeking monetary damages, injunctive relief, and an order that you pay court costs and attorney’s fees. Your liability and exposure under such legal action could be considerable.
After watching the media reports of CBC, CTV, and CityNews making an absolute mockery of what our group represents, the Canadian Nationalist Party has decided to upload our raw video copy of the events which occurred at our Winnipeg Nationalist Rally on July 28th:
* Note: YouTube has recently taken down our copy of the raw video footage due to copyright claim. Almost the entirety of the video was taken from our own camera at our own private function.
Further information regarding our Winnipeg Nationalist Rally held on July 28th:
- Open Letter to Winnipeg Belgian Club
- Winnipeg Nationalist Rally Response
- Update On CNP Western Canada Tour
Until the aforementioned concessions are made, the Canadian Nationalist Party is hereby prohibiting the CBC, CTV, and CityNews from attending our events as well as prohibiting our candidates and members from communicating with them.
* If you support ethical and legal media practices in Canada, we ask you to consider filing a complaint with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for the recent coverage of our event and party as a whole. You can make a complaint here: Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
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