While the decision by Shoppers to discontinue Adbusters' sales is fueling controversy between the Vancouver-based magazine's supporters and the Canadian Jewish Congress -- which is campaigning against Adbusters for what it considers anti-Semitic content -- Shoppers officials are trying to remain neutral.
Lisa Gibson, Shoppers' director of communications and corporate affairs, says that the magazine's removal from store shelves is actually based on poor sales and only coincidentally coincides with the dispute between Adbusters and the Canadian Jewish Congress.
"We only have a certain amount of magazine shelf space allotted to us in each store," Gibson told the Globe and Mail, "so we do a fairly regular review of the magazine assortment and look at sales and other things. So it was actually pulled as part of that review."
Nevertheless, Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn, who founded the publication in 1989, expressed the magazine's position on the dispute in Tuesday's National Post.