INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson
A year ago, OpenMedia.ca, along with several other groups, rallied people from across Canada to contact the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in support of Al Jazeera English’s (AJE) application to broadcast in Canada. Of the approximately 2,800 public comments submitted to the CRTC, all were in favour of AJE except 40 parties who filed comments in opposition to bringing the broadcaster to Canada. Last fall, Open Media advocates celebrated the approval of the AJE application. The CRTC directly cites the input it received to back up its decision, showing once again that citizen input can sway the regulator to do the right thing.