September 19 and 20, 2011 – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is threatening Canadian television media networks over a 30 second television advertisement that critizises the regime’s human rights record.
The TV ad was produced by EthicalOil.org, an advocacy organization that compares oil produced in the Canadian oil sands with oil produced by the Saudi dictatorship.
The ad makes the following claims:
Fact: Last year we bought over 400 million barrels of oil from Saudi Arabia.
We bankrolled a state that doesn’t allow a woman to drive, doesn’t allow them to leave their homes or work without their male guardian’s permission.
And a state where a woman’s testimony only accounts for half of a man’s.
Why are we paying their bills and funding their oppression?
Today, there is a better way: Ethical Oil, from the Canada’s oil sands.
Ethical Oil: A choice we have to make.
According to Sun News personality Ezra Levant, who founded EthicalOil.org after publishing a book by the same name, the Saudi government has sent cease and desist letters to Canadian regulators and television broadcasters demanding the ads be removed.
Whan asked about the issue, Jason Kenny denounced the Saudi Arabian threats against free speech.