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Media Narratives in Times of Turmoil: Depictions of Minorities in Canada Post 9/11


Daniel Simard


York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Omar Ha-Redeye


Fleet Street Law

May 8, 2010

Annual Meeting of the World Institute for Research and Publication - Law, June 4-6, 2010

Abstract:     
Although propaganda has been present throughout the ages, the greatest propaganda battle in history was witnessed during WWII. Coercion replaced the consultation process, and all parties involved sought to justify their legitimacy and role in the war through mass media. Even though the Germans are notoriously famous for the degradation of their national minorities, similar acts occurred in North America. Linkages between negative characterizations of ethnic groups in the media and discrimination, violence, and justification of war crimes can be seen on both sides of the Atlantic. Canadian society was not merely an innocent bystander, as such, it was not immune from such participation, and violation of minority rights through one-sided messages occurred here as well. This pattern of minority degradation continues to the present day, albeit in a less grandiose and explicit manner, and its insidious effects are readily observable.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Charter, free speech, human rights commissions, propaganda, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, hate speech, Multiculturalism Act, Bouchard-Taylor Commission, nazi germany, Japanese internment, Iranian revolution, Orientalism, aversive racism, intolerance

JEL Classification: J70, J7, J78, K14, K00

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Date posted: December 22, 2009 ; Last revised: June 4, 2010

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Simard, Daniel and Ha-Redeye, Omar, Media Narratives in Times of Turmoil: Depictions of Minorities in Canada Post 9/11 (May 8, 2010). Annual Meeting of the World Institute for Research and Publication - Law, June 4-6, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1526867

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Daniel Simard
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
Omar Ha-Redeye (Contact Author)
Fleet Street Law ( email )
126-20 Carlton Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J2
Canada
4165467412 (Phone)
416-546-7415 (Fax)
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