Canadian Media Essay example

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In 1968 a Broadcasting Act was passed that forever changed the face of Canadian media. The act, part of an attempt by the Trudeau administration to centralize Canadian cultural activity, replaced the Board of Broadcast Governors with the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC). The CRTC, much more powerful than the Board of Broadcast Governors before it, did not waste time in making new Canadian content requirements. On February 12, 1970 the commission proposed an increase to the content levels, requiring television stations to broadcast at least 60 percent Canadian content (an increase from the previous minimum of 50 percent), and “30 percent for AM radio” (Edwardson, 200). For a country that seems to pride itself on its free speech, …show more content…
One interesting case of hate speech that is currently unfolding are the series of events concerning the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. The members of the church have been known to picket the funerals of various groups including, but not limited to: homosexuals, American soldiers, and Jews. Such actions would, of course, be illegal under Canadian law. In the United States, however, it is illegal for any law to restrict the free speech of the American people, regardless of how hateful it may be. The U.S. constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (Mount). This does not mean, however, that the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to picket these funerals has not been called into question. Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the church after they had been sued by the father of a dead marine, with Chief Justice John Roberts stating that “What Westboro said, in the whole context of how and where it chose to say it, is entitled to 'special protection' under the First Amendment, and that protection cannot be overcome by a jury finding that the picketing was outrageous” (MSNBC). It is indeed upsetting to see this group

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