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Our Successesful Campaigns Oct 09, 2003: Apology by Toronto Star for Insulting Durga Image  

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Last updated on December 03, 2003
This was the gift to the Indian community from The Toronto Star, Canada's leading daily newspaper, on the auspicious day of Durga Puja. They published the following blasphemous and entirely misleading picture of the Goddess Durga in the October 4th issue.  This picture prominently appeared on 1/3 of the printed page and was probably made bigger than the article itself.

Toronto Star selected and published this "Insulting" picture by ignoring three following "Dressed & Decent Durga" pictures available on Reuters that time:

On Oct 10, IndiaCause launched online protect. Toronto Star received about 1000 to 2000 protest emails in first few hours of this campaign.

On Oct 11, They published : "We're sorry if this representation of the goddess offended some readers. It was unintentional" complete report here

IndiaCause DID NOT accept this half-hearted explanation and the action continued. The local Indian community strongly protested in Toronto. There were two major demonstrations outside Toronto Star building. Pictures of the Protest

At last, on November 15, The Toronto Star published an unconditional apology along with an appropriate Durga image (on right.) This apology  was published in the same section where the initial Insulting Durga image was published. The apology reads:

"On Oct. 4. the Star published a photo of an unfinished depiction of the Hindu goddess Maa Durga. Members of Toronto's Hindu community took great exception to this goddess being presented in an undignified manner. The above picture shows the goddess in an appropriate manner. The Star regrets that publication of the original photo has caused anguish and apologizes to the Hindu community."

Toronto Star: Apology accepted by Hindu groups

IndiaCause Thanks our readers and members for their great support. We also thank the Indian community in Toronto for the show of strength and unity in getting the ultimate apology from Toronto Star.

Following unconditional apology was published by
The Toronto Star on Nov 15, 2003.

Media Reports on december 02:
Sify/Samachar: Canada daily apologises for 'Insulting' Durga

Media Reports on October 17:
Yahoo India: Toronto Star issues apology for Insulting Durga picture
Hindustan Times: Toronto Star issues apology for offending Durga picture
Times of India: Insulting Durga on daily kicks off row
NewIndPress: Toronto Star apologises for Insulting Durga picture

Rediff: Protests in Toronto over Durga's photo
Toronto Star: 100 Indians protested outside the Toronto Star Building on Oct 18

Following was the media coverage about the campaign on Oct 10:

Hindustan Times: Indians see red over 'Insulting' Durga
Sify/Samachar: Canadian paper under fire for 'Insulting' Durga
News Today: Canadian newspaper earns Indians' wrath
IndoLink: Indo-Americans Protest the Image of Insulting Durga in Canadian Newspaper

We have closed this campaign.

We had provided following details when the campaign was on:

Would Toronto Star or Reuters dare to publish a "Insulting" Virgin Mary on Christmas Day

If you are offended by this, please forward your comments to (Attorney General of Canada, Ontario Press Council, Human Rights Commission, Advertisers of The Star, The Star Management, Premier Elect of Ontario and Reuters) Also circulate this page to your friends for their protest.

Email addresses and the sample letter is provided here:

justice@communication.gc.ca, info@ohrc.on.ca, info@ontpress.com, feedback@cibc.com, lisa.hawks@bestbuy.com, investor.relations@bce.ca, domainname.admin@gm.com, home@sears.ca, business@thestar.ca, Jhonderich@thestar.ca, VKruklis@thestar.ca, dalton_mcguinty@ontarioliberal.com, editor@reuters.com

Dear Sir,

I am writing to express my strong protest with the blasphemous picture of Goddess "Durga" published in Toronto Star on October 4th. Unfortunately their shameless justification published on Oct 11, does not help resolve this issue. I am also protesting Reuters for making such a blasphemous picture available for Editors willing to misuse it. Would Toronto Star/Reuters dare to publish "Insulting" Mother Mary on the Christmas day?

I request that you use your influence and leverage to take immediate and meaningful action against the Toronto Star and Reuters.

Thanking you
Your Name

Contact #s for Toronto Star: 416-869-4300, 416-367-2000, fax to 416-869-4322

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