Challenged Works

Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique

By Alain Deneault (2008)


2008—Two mining companies—Barrick Gold Corporation and Banro Corporation—sued the authors and the publisher—Les Éditions Écosociété—of this book for defamation. Barrick filed its lawsuit in a Quebec court, and Banro filed its lawsuit in an Ontario court.

Objection—The mining companies said that the book misrepresents their business practices in Africa. The publisher and authors stood by their allegations of illegal conduct.

Update—Both mining companies sought millions of dollars in damages. In June 2008, the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (Union of Quebec Writers) launched a fundraising campaign to help the publisher pay for its legal bills. In September 2011, Barrick and the publisher settled their dispute out of court. To avoid a costly trial, Écosociété pulled Noir Canada off the shelves, and Écosociété’s insurance company disbursed an undisclosed sum of money to the mining company

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