Edmonton sued for right to place honour killings ads on city buses

City of Edmonton bus ads depicting Muslim women as victims -- and suggesting families of the faith...

City of Edmonton bus ads depicting Muslim women as victims -- and suggesting families of the faith practise honour killings -- have been yanked by Edmonton Transit officials. (Tony Clark photo)

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EDMONTON — An American lobby group is suing the City of Edmonton for pulling its controversial anti-honour-killing bus ad last year.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative was fined, but refunded money it paid for the controversial ad that reads, “Is your family threatening you? Is there a Fatwa on Your Head?”

A smaller line above the questions and below a photo of seven young women, some wearing hijabs, says: “Muslim Girls Honor Killed by Their Families.”

The group says the city violated its freedom of expression.

“The City of Edmonton has silenced the voice of a non-profit group that wants to assist Canadian women and girls, protect them from honour killings, and promote gender equality,” said lawyer John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

 

 

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