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Ethnic groups call on standing committee to legalize satellite TV grey market

News | 05/06/2004 4:00 am EDT

Some ethnic groups are calling on the government to legalize grey market television so that they can access third-language programming not currently available in Canada. Appearing April 29 before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, Paul Fitzgerald, VP and legal counsel of the Congreso Ibero-Americano de Canada (CIAC), stressed the importance of distinguishing among the black, grey and legal satellite TV markets. "The grey market lets Canadians get news that is unavailable elsewhere," said Fitzgerald. He added that the grey market shouldn’t be illegal because in Canada it has never been illegal to subscribe to a foreign newspaper, import a book, listen to a foreign radio station or watch foreign channels via the Internet.

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