Canadian and New Zealand Radio Stations Pull Michael Jackson's Music

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"We're excited to see people from all around the world who also probably love Michael Jackson's music and agree that it's time to have this tough conversation about whether we're honoring a man that maybe doesn't deserve the honor", said Rebecca Gerber, director of advocacy and engagement for Care2.

The divisive Michael Jackson documentary "Leaving Neverland" might not have aired in the United Kingdom yet, but that did not stop die-hard fans of the late singer from standing on the streets of London to protest his innocence on Wednesday.

"In light of what is happening at the moment, SmoothFM is not now playing any Michael Jackson songs", local media quoted Nova's programme director Paul Jackson as saying.

Wade Robson and James Safechuck claim in HBO's Leaving Neverland that Jackson abused them aged seven and ten respectively.

"The decisions we make about the music we play on any of our stations are dependent on the relevance to the audience and the current context", said Paul Jackson, NOVA Entertainment's group programme director.

At this stage, no U.S. or United Kingdom radio stations have confirmed their intention to do so.

Radio stations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand have become the latest to ban Michael Jackson from the air after horrific abuse claims.

In response, Jackson tweeted, "i actually haven't made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life".

Sonshine FM was the only Perth-based radio station to say it had pulled Jackson from the airwaves following the release of the Leaving Neverland documentary.

Jackson's estate has denied wrongdoing and filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO. He's sold more 1 billion albums worldwide.

The broadcasters have yet to clarify how long the bans will last.

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