Washington ferry operator, unlike B.C. Ferries, issues "regrets" for censorship

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      The operator of Washington state ferries has expressed "regrets" after banning an issue of a weekly paper that depicted Sen. Patty Murray dressed in raw pork, according to a report in the Seattle Times.

      "We probably shouldn't have pulled it," Steve Pierce, communications director for the Washington State Department of Transportation, told the newspaper.

      Washington State Ferries reportedly refunded Seattle Weekly's fee for operating a kiosk on the boats.

      The action by Washington State Ferries stands in sharp contrast to a decision by B.C. Ferries to ban the sale of The Golden Mean by B.C. writer Annabel Lyon because the cover image featured a naked rear end.

      There was no apology forthcoming from B.C. Ferries, even though Lyon's novel was nominated for the Giller Prize.

      Unlike Washington State Ferries, B.C. Ferries has never permitted on-board distribution of alt-weeklies, including the Georgia Straight.

      As a result, there has been no need to remove illustrator Rod Filbrandt's merciless cover illustrations of Premier Gordon Campbell that have appeared in the Georgia Straight over the years.



      Petar Ticinovic

      Oct 23, 2010 at 3:31pm

      How about some merciless cover illustrations of Libby Davies? Progressives are all about "diversity of opinion", right?

      rush limbaugh's slippers

      Oct 24, 2010 at 7:37am

      Dear Petar,

      Why doesn't your comment have anything to do with the story?



      Oct 24, 2010 at 8:44am

      Of course Libby Davies would be allowed to sell. She didn't go to university with Hahn, Gordo did. Libby Davies will never get a sweet million dollar job from Gordo, Hahn did. Do you see the connection Petar?


      Oct 24, 2010 at 9:59am

      hehehe ... sly fox
      ...and apparently if Americans asks for financial information and planning about the Washington Ferry Services, they just get it. They don't file expensive fees and they don't get their names' published for simply asking...


      Oct 24, 2010 at 12:00pm

      What's a "progressive" ??

      Ruth Truth

      Oct 25, 2010 at 10:40am

      Progressives are the one's who let you into our country Petar. Don't get me wrong, I totally agree with you, you should be deported.

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