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Ferrel Wins Defamation

Ferrel Wins Defamation

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 “Undoing a smear” by Christopher JONESECMAS Director, Edmonton ABA quiet legal victory occurred here in June 2009. Dr. Ferrel CHRISTENSEN accepted a settlementin a defamation lawsuit against the National Post and Canwest Global Communications for untrueallegations made against him in an article entitled “Scandal taints fathers' rights group” publishedApril 17, 2001. Dr. CHRISTENSEN received a full written retraction, the right to publicise alldocuments that had been revealed during the course of the case, as well as an amount of moneywhich far exceeded his legal expenses of $100,000 (he is unable to reveal the exact financialterms/details of this settlement). Although not identified ECMAS is also exonerated by the factsexposed in these documents. All case files are available at: www.fightforhonestjournalism.ca.Defamation suits prove Mark TWAIN's maxim that “a lie can go around the world while truth is stilllacing up her boots” - and such sensationalism was present in this smaller drama. Theoutrageously tawdry associations made in the National Post article attempted to paint theleadership of ECMAS as unacceptably tolerant (indeed, almost welcoming) of sexual predatorsand pedophiles. Despite being absolutely UNTRUE, it played into longstanding smears of men'srights and equal-parenting groups.Much of the smear was based on mis-characterizations of an obscure book Dr. CHRISTENSENpublished in 1999 entitled “Pornography: The Other Side”. By reasonable standards, it is a fairlydry, tame, academic exploration of the history of social mores and attitudes towards sexuality. Iwould attest that I could not find anything that endorses pedophilia and that it fulfills none of theflimsy allegations made by Donna LAFRAMBOISE in her National Post article. It became clearthrough her testimony that despite claiming to have read this book, she had in fact dependedheavily upon mis-characterizations from the main protagonist and had only actually read selectedpassages.Another “fact” in the offending article presented an active volunteer, Paul ADAMS, in a very poorlight based on his disbarment for his previous sexual misconduct involving a young client (he wassaved by a pre-arranged police sting operation before any act occurred). Undoubtedly, Mr.ADAMS paid in full for the consequences of his stunningly poor judgment (which occurred after hisown divorce) by being disbarred and detained. He accepted this punishment. After that, thesignificant time and expertise Mr. ADAMS generously volunteered in ECMAS meetings free of charge was not recognized as valued community rehabilitation but unfairly portrayed as deviousexploitation. After this LAFRAMBOISE article he dropped out of regular participation in ECMASactivities.It was shocking to learn of the methods employed by the supposed journalist. She displayed acomplete disregard for engaging in a fair, accurate or balanced reporting of events, and indeedwas an active participant in concocting the smear through unconscionable pressure tactics,misrepresentations, untrue characterizations, lack of fact-checking or objective evaluation.Furthermore, The National Post failed to exert any oversight whatsoever over the reporter'sactions, even after being repeatedly notified of severe problems with the reporter's story andprocess. The lack of dialogue with any editor gave way to threats of legal actions which were alsoblithely ignored. It should come as no surprise that even today, The National Post has not aclearly defined Ethics Policy
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for reporters to follow.This victory stands as a complete exoneration of Ferrel CHRISTENSEN and by implication ECMAS.Before Ferrel retired from his position as Professor at the University of Alberta PhilosophyDepartment, he held a special expertise in the Philosophy of Science. He has been for 25+ yearsa major force and proponent of true gender equality and Men's Rights by helping to found andsupport groups in Edmonton and throughout Alberta like MERGE (Movement for the Establishmentof Real Gender Equality
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) and ECMAS (Equitable Child Maintenance & Access Society
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