From: Ismail Zayid
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2003 10:26 PM
Subject: Public Notice CRTC 2003-36

Arab Canadian Association of the Atlantic Provinces,
P.O.Box  1024,
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 2X1
July 19,2003
The Chairperson,
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission,
Dear Sir/Madam:
                                Ref: Public Notice CRTC 2003-36    {Al-Jazeera Broadcast}
We are writing to express our support for the opportunity to allow members of the Arab-Canadian community to view and listen to broadcasts by Al-Jazeera network. We believe that having access to Al-Jazeera will broaden the interest and public debate in our country, Canada, related to issues concerning the Arab world and promote varied perspectives to Canadians, in this country, which prides itself on multiculturalism and freedom of expression.
Al-Jazeera is a well-recognised independent broadcasting facility, noted for its investigative courageous free expression and defiance of censorship. For these qualities, it has been awarded a number of international awards.
We strongly believe that the Canadian public and responsible bodies, like CRTC, must be allowed to judge Al-Jazeera's performance and compliance with our laws on the basis of its broadcasts as viewed in Canada, and not on the basis of baseless biased views, that, in essence, would preach censorship and denial of free expression .
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, M.D.
President, Arab Canadian Association of the Atlantic Provinces.