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Conrad Black

Fecha de nacimiento: 25. Agosto 1944

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Conrad Moffat Black, Lord Black of Crossharbour, KSG is a Canadian-born British former newspaper publisher and author. He is a non-affiliated life peer.

Black controlled Hollinger International, once the world's third-largest English-language newspaper empire, which published The Daily Telegraph , Chicago Sun-Times , The Jerusalem Post , National Post , most of the leading newspapers in Australia and Canada and hundreds of community newspapers in North America, before controversy erupted over the sale of some of the company's assets, after Black determined to reduce involvement in the newspaper industry as the threat of the internet loomed.

In 2004, prosecution of Black began in the United States. Over $80 million in assets were alleged to have been improperly taken and/or spent by Black. He was convicted of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice in a U.S. court in 2007 and sentenced to six and a half years' imprisonment. In 2011, two of the charges were overturned on appeal and he was re-sentenced to 42 months in prison on one count of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. He was acquitted of nine counts and four others were abandoned during the trial. In 2010 all four counts were vacated unanimously by the Supreme Court of the United States, which remanded the services statute, under which Black was convicted. In 2011, two of the counts were confirmed as acquittals to prison for seven months to complete his sentence. After serving a total of three years and two weeks Black was released on May 4, 2012. Black has returned to commercial life as an active investor in a number of different countries, but is not an officer or director of any Canadian or American companies. He has declined to reveal his interests publicly.

Frases Conrad Black

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„The present government of Quebec is the most financially and intellectually corrupt in the history of the province. There are the shady deals, brazenly conducted, and the broken promises, most conspicuously that of last October to retain Bill 63... The government dragged out the ancient and totally fictitious spectre of assimilation to justify Bill 22 and its rejection of the right of free choice in education, its its reduction of English education to the lowest echelon of ministerial whim, its assault upon freedom of expression through the regulation of the internal and external language of businesses and other organizations, and its creation of a fatuous new linguistic bureaucracy that will conduct a system of organized denunciation, harassment, and patronage... There is a paralytic social sickness in Quebec. In all this debate, not a single French Quebecker has objected to Bill 22 on the grounds that it was undemocratic or a reduction of liberties exercised in the province. The Quebec Civil Liberties Union, founded by Pierre Trudeau, from which one might have expected such sentiments, has instead demanded the abolition of English education, and this through the spokemanship of Jean-Louis Roy, who derives his income from McGill University.... It is clear that Mr. Bourassa... is now going to try to eliminate the Parti Quebecois by a policy of gradual scapegoatism directed against the non-French elements in the province... The English community here, still deluding itself with the illusion of Montreal as an incomparably fine place to live, is leaderless and irrelevant, except as the hostage of a dishonest government. Last month one of the most moderate ministers, Guy St-Pierre, told an English businessman's group, 'If you don't like Quebec, you can leave it.' With sadness but with certitude, I accept that choice.“

— Conrad Black
radio broadcast on 26 July 1974, the day Black left Quebec for good

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„A jumped-up little twerp [and a] prime candidate for exorcism“

— Conrad Black
Characterisation of the Bishop of Calgary for backing a strike at Black's Calgary Herald newspaper.

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