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

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

36 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2009 Last revised: 4 Jun 2010

Daniel Simard

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Omar Ha-Redeye

Fleet Street Law; Ryerson University

Date Written: May 8, 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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1526867

Daniel Simard

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

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Omar Ha-Redeye (Contact Author)

Ryerson University ( email )

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