Perhaps the most debated, and controversial, issue concerning censorship is hate speech. The Criminal Code of Canada states that anyone “who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace…is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years” (Criminal Code, 1985). It can be argued, however, that such laws are unconstitutional, and violate the rights of Canadian citizens. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that every Canadian citizen has the right to “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communicatio...
... middle of paper ...
... the leader of a white supremacist group known as the “White Nationalist Party of Canada,” and Smith, party secretary, were in charge of publishing and distributing party magazine The Nationalist Reporter. Seized copies of the Nationalist Reporter contained articles with the opinions “that members of minority groups are responsible for increases in the violent crime rate” and that “The best way to end racial strife… is by a separation of the races” (R. v. Andrews). While this “hate literature” could definitely be considered racist and bigoted, at no point does the case summary mention the contents of the magazine calling for acts of violence against any particular group. While the type of views expressed in the Nationalist Reporter and other hate publications are offensive and close-minded, they are simply views, and we as Canadians have no right to not get offended.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- ... The article incorporates language, which an educated, business professional would be more inclined to use in comparison to the language an uneducated, low-income individual would choose. For example the article begins with, “Ford’s admission that he had smoked crack cocaine unleashed a firestorm of criticism and led Toronto city council to pass an unprecedented motion urging him to step aside” (Dummett). The syntax used sounds elegant and well put together, a distinctive feature of the WSJ. Or another example of the diction used is, “scion and inured, ” words not commonly used in daily conversation.... [tags: scandal, newspaper, video]
880 words (2.5 pages)
- Over the years media has had an intense effect on society, an effect so immense we don’t even notice its presence sometimes. Media is crucial to any society; we are all surrounded by media. Each and every day people interact with media of many forms. Media is generally defined as being a channel of communication. We as a society absorb media from a wide variety of forms such as television, radio, magazines, newspapers, billboards and the internet. These are referred to as ‘mass’ media, because they communicate to a mass audience comprised of very large numbers of people (Giddens, 2009, p.724).... [tags: Communication, Canadian Media]
1082 words (3.1 pages)
- In order for Canada to share an equal part in the overall media industry as any other country, Canadian content regulations must be in place. CanCon regulations should be enforced on Canadian media content, as it is a crucial aspect of national culture, representative of the country as a whole. Without such regulations determined by CanCon, Canadian society risks becoming lost within the commotion of international media and their varied interests. CanCon regulations not only help define Canada as a unity but help the creative Canadians that express themselves through musical expression.... [tags: media industry, canada, regulations]
1314 words (3.8 pages)
- Many people might have a diverse opinion on the extend of the American cultural influence on Canada, but the truth is, these two countries share a long common border, they use frequently the same language, they watch the same movies, listen to the same music and collaborate on other numerous levels, including economic and political activity. In this paper, I would like to show the extent of the influence on Canadian popular culture that comes from the United States. For my analysis I have chosen four segments of popular culture: television, printed media, music and films.... [tags: canadian film]
1937 words (5.5 pages)
- In Canadian history it is quite evident we are influenced heavily by the much stronger nations around us. Therefore our own content in Canada is sometimes overshadowed by other cultures, specifically with regards to the United States who have a big influence on our cultural industries. Pierre Trudeau expressed the feeling Canadians have with this co-existence, "Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly or temperate the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt." Some may argue that Canada should not continue to develop regulations to protect its cultural industries.... [tags: Canadian Culture]
1961 words (5.6 pages)
- Canadian Press Coverage in the Middle East In December 1985, the Canadian press reported the death by suicide of hundreds of field mice in the Middle East. In an apparently instinctive reaction to a problem of over-population, the mice willfully plunged to their doom off the cliffs of the Golan Heights. This bizarre story was the subject not only of straight news coverage in the Canadian press, but also of an editorial in the Globe and Mail on December 20. On November 1, 1985, the Globe and Mail also ran a photograph of a visiting Roman Catholic priest from Brazil, saying prayers on the banks of the Jordan River at the site where Christ is said to have been baptized.... [tags: Canada Media Middle East News Essays]
4680 words (13.4 pages)
- Back to the early 1970s, people from CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) felt anxious and threatened when they became aware of American Cultural imperialism had a big influence on Canadian Cultural Identity which made the latter to diminish. To solve this crisis, CRTC adopted Canadian content rules (CanCon) to govern the percentage of the music with Canadian content should be played from radio stations until now. Theoretically, this regulation could cause Canadian talents to rise and support the Canadian music industry.... [tags: Influence, Radio Stations, Canadian Artists]
1189 words (3.4 pages)
- Canadians strongly believe that peacekeeping is about trying to protect people from extreme harm, a way of providing hope in situations that seem hopeless, and a good method of bringing peace and justice to war-torn countries or failed states. Canadians backing soldiers in their peacekeeping role has been so strong for such a long time that it has generated into their national identity. “Canadians cling to the mythology, born of the 1956 Suez Crisis, that we are a nation of peacekeepers, interposing between belligerent forces bent on war but, even though Canadian government officials and media of the 1990s called the operations in Bosnia and Somalia “peacekeeping missions,” they were somethi... [tags: peace. canadian military, peacekeeping]
1492 words (4.3 pages)
- Introduction A democratic government has long been favoured as the most fair and representative government for a country to have. This essay will explore the advantages and disadvantages of both minority and majority government (for example efficiency, compromise, and power) and argue that in fact neither offers a fair representation of Canadian’s due to lack of both transparency and accountability. Parliamentary Government In Canada there are three branches of government: the executive branch which enforces Canadian laws and carries out government business; the legislative branch which debates and passes laws; and the judicial branch which interprets the laws and dictates how punishment sh... [tags: Canadian Government ]
1395 words (4 pages)
- Canada’s parliamentary system is designed to preclude the formation of absolute power. Critics and followers of Canadian politics argue that the Prime Minister of Canada stands alone from the rest of the government. The powers vested in the prime minister, along with the persistent media attention given to the position, reinforce the Prime Minister of Canada’s superior role both in the House of Commons and in the public. The result has led to concerns regarding the power of the prime minister. Hugh Mellon argues that the prime minister of Canada is indeed too powerful.... [tags: Canadian Government]
1053 words (3 pages)