Challenged Works

Western Standard


In 2006, the Western Standard—a magazine published in Alberta—reprinted eight of 12 Danish cartoons about Islam to illustrate a news article. In Calgary, an imam—and later the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities—complained to Alberta’s human rights commission. They said the cartoons exposed Muslims to hatred or contempt.

In 2008, the commission rejected the complaint. The magazine’s publisher, Ezra Levant, estimated that he had spent $100,000 defending himself. During the dispute, the Western Standard ceased publication.

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