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|07/11/01 at 13:27:57|
|Bismillah and salam,|
Here is an article written by a brilliant friend of mine, please make du'a that Allah may guide her to Islam:
>ps: here is an article I just submitted to the Concordia Student's
>Union for their 2001/2 sstudent handbook. Let me know what you
>Have you given up on finding any kind of truth in the mainstream
>media? Not yet? At least try to seek out some different news sources
>because when 4 white men own all of Canada’s mainstream media
>outlets it’s time to stretch ourselves to find out what we should
>Getting at the truth means finding out who controls what is said,
>read, heard. The Canadian public is fed by The Big Four media
>moguls: Izzy Asper (CanWest Global), Pierre Karl Peladeau
>(Quebecor), Ted Rogers (Roger’s Communications Inc.) and of course,
>Conrad Black (Hollinger Inc.).
>· Rogers Media Inc. is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications
> Inc.Comprising 29 radio stations ( 12 AM and 17 FM)
>a televised home
> shopping channel, a multi-cultural television
>station in Toronto, ownership
> in three cable programming services, 15 consumer
> business periodicals and a New Media division.
>· In a $3.5 billion deal in 2000, CanWest Global became
>Canada’s largest media holding company. It gobbled up most of the
>nation's largest newspaper chain: 13 daily newspapers, 123 other
>daily and weekly newspapers, 85 trade publications and directories,
>Internet properties like canada.com, and half-interest in The
>Now Asper’s TV stations and newspapers will co-exist in multiple
>markets. For instance, in the Vancouver/Victoria market, CanWest
>owns: all three daily newspapers (Province, Sun, and Times
>Colonist), a sizable chain of community newspapers, and three of six
>TV stations (BCTV, CHEK, and Global). So much for the diversity of
>news media in Vancouver.
>CanWest's broadcast license is also up for review by the Canadian
>Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) but the CRTC has no
>authority to regulate newspapers. Nor does the CRTC bother to ensure
>employment equity within the public broadcast media like CBC.
>· Recently the CRTC approved the $500 million dollar Quebecor
>purchase of TVA, the most popular French channel in Quebec. Quebecor
>already owns the tabloid-ish Journal de Montreal. In 1998, Mr.
>Péladeau piloted the acquisition of Sun Media Corporation, making
>Quebecor the second largest newspaper chain in Canada. Quebecor owns
>World Color Press by Quebecor Printing Inc the world’s largest
>No one at TVA is happy about the takeover, fearing job losses and
>more editorial control. Similarly Hélène Pichette of the Federation
>of Professional Journalists of Quebec, commented that newsrooms will
>become totally impermeable to stories requiring in-depth research,
>or a viewer with more than a 3 second attention span. Likewise
>reporters at Le Journal de Montreal have complained to the CRTC that
>they will not be able to write anything about Papa Peladeau’s
>business antics without his approval.
>This said, is it surprising that the media outlets are so
>superficial in their news coverage and so profoundly racist? I have
>been monitoring broadcast and print media in Canada for almost two
>years now and while the picture is not blank, it’s bleak. Racism and
>other forms of discrimination run rampant within newsrooms,
>editorial boards and management and journalism schools.
>For example the mandatory “Diversity and the Media” course at
>Ryerson Jay- School angered students so much that for two years in a
>row they signed petitions to remove it as a required course! The
>course was designed specifically to fill a gap in the abilities of
>the primarily white middle-class students to understand how to write
>about people who were not like them.
>Nothing compels the media to change because the government and the
>CRTC mold to fit corporate interests. Therefore, newsrooms continue
>to churn out negative and unbalanced articles about people of colour
>in Canada. Therefore, Diane Francis still has a job at the National
>Post writing factually incorrect rants about immigrants and
>refugees. Her style of reporting could be dubbed The One Source
>method: find one racist immigrant hating person in a position of
>authority and quote only them throughout your article.
> Reporters need catchy simple stories with strong elements of human
>interest and conflict. Unfortunately good reporters who write
>balanced, researched stories often get screwed by copy editors who
>write the headlines for all stories. “Refugees Bring Malaria
>Outbreak” was the sensationalist and misleading headline of a
>not-so-bad article in the Montreal Gazette last September. You would
>never guess from the headline that malaria outbreaks are only
>brought by mosquitoes. But then, who can blame the copy editors? If
>the headlines aren’t eye-catching then the product doesn’t sell.
>This is why “If it bleeds, it leads” is a well-used newsroom
>And television, well television is all about the visuals. I get
>calls from journalists who request a real live family of refugees to
>appear at their studio in 3 hours, during the middle of the day. I
>guess they assume that all refugees are unemployed. For media
>producers that would be like believing their own brainwashing!
>So unless you listen to community radio news shows, access
>independent news off the Internet or read a million copies of Covert
>Action Quarterly, its gonna be hard for you to decipher the truth
>from the mainstream media’s version of it. Or you could always
>become a reporter yourself….
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