The judgment concluded:
"This is a SLAPP in the face," said the Defendant, Don Staniford. "This shocking judgment will have a chilling effect on all campaigners speaking out on environmental and social justice issues. The Norwegian Government, as owners in the multinational Cermaq, have effectively abused the Canadian courts to muzzle global criticism against salmon farming."
"Norwegian companies not only have a monopoly on salmon farming but this judgment sends the signal that they also own the law," continued Staniford. "The wide-ranging permanent injunction has huge implications for freedom of speech and cannot be allowed to stand. Basic statements of fact and opinion such as 'Wild Salmon Don't Do Drugs' and 'Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Farmed Salmon' are now outlawed. Newspapers will now be banned from reporting the facts: of how salmon farming kills sea lions; how salmon farming kills lobsters and how salmon farming spreads infectious diseases. Scientific journals will now have to re-write papers to comply with the Draconian terms of the permanent injunction. I will fight this Norwegian multinational all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada via an appeal. The truth always wins out in the end!"
To see the shocking scope of the permanent injunction – including a copy and the 50+ statements now banned - please read "Censorship Like A Cancer Grows"
The injunction was summarized in Cermaq's appeal as follows:
The permanent injunction would not only apply to Don Staniford and the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture but also to ANY person or company aware of the injunction i.e. the general public and the media. On the last day of the 20-day trial in 2012, Cermaq's lawyers detailed the Draconian terms of the injunction - referred to as the 'No Future Defamation Term':
Cermaq's heavy-handed lawyers at Fasken Martineau spelled out in black and white what they consider to be the 'Defamatory Words' in their Amended Notice of Civil Claim (52 statements in total):
Anybody with knowledge of today's judgment must therefore remove any words relating to the above!
Cermaq's Canadian subsidiary Mainstream Canada responded to the judgment via a press release (22 July):
Read in full online here
The Canadian Press/Huffington Post reported (22 July):
The article concluded:
Read in full via "Don Staniford, Salmon Activist, Ordered To Pay Fish Farm $75,000"
CBC News reported (22 July):
The Common Sense Canadian reported (22 July):
Read in full online here
The Province reported (22 July):
Intrafish reported (23 July):
Read more on the 'Salmon Farming Kills' lawsuit via:
- Judgment Day - 22 July!
- See You In Court! Tuesday (28 May) in the BC Court of Appeal!
- Censorship Like A Cancer Grows
- Norway Tightens Noose on Free Speech!
- "Cermaq - see you in court (again)!"
- "Cermaq Like A Cancer Grows - The Sound of Cermaq's SLAPP"
- "Norway’s Injunction Kills Free Speech!"
- "Gagging the Truth Becomes Mainstream"
- "Closing Norway's Noose on Freedom of Speech"
- "Cermaq's Clusterfuck"