Posted by: Robert Janssen | February 16, 2011

AVAAZ.org: “Lies Broadcast as Journalism?” (petition)

Canadian journalism as we know it only has 48 hours left to live — that is if the CRTC moves forward with its new loophole that would allow outright lies to be broadcast to the public.

The CRTC rule — “coincidentally” coming just in time for the launch of Fox New North (Sun TV) — would require complaints about news stories to not only prove that the broadcaster knew the information was wrong, but also that its broadcast posed a threat to the lives, health or safety of the public.

Fox News in the United States has used its loose interpretation of “news” to boost ratings and push its right-wing agenda. The only thing preventing someone from doing the same in Canada is the “fair and balanced” rule the CRTC is ready to gut.

Lies don’t have to put people in physical danger to be dangerous. The spread of falsehoods as “news” is corrosive to democracy.

There are less than 48 hours left to raise a public outcry to stop the dismantling of journalistic integrity in Canada. The CRTC needs to know that you, your friends, your family and all Canadians won’t tolerate lies broadcast as news.

Sign the petition, post it to Facebook, tweet it out to your network and send it to your friends.

Here is the link to the Avaaz.org’s petition.

Read Canadian Journalism’s Last 48 Hours in the Pacific Free Press here…

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