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CRTC launches public consultation on banning Fox News


Canadian regulators have launched a public consultation about calls to ban Fox News from cable TV packages after receiving complaints that the network broadcast hateful content about LGBTQ2S+ people.

The public consultation, which began earlier this month, was triggered by an open letter from advocacy group Egale Canada.

The group’s executive director Helen Kennedy wrote: “People in Canada deserve to know that news broadcast on Canadian television is trustworthy and objective, and that disadvantaged groups must be protected from malicious propaganda. idea”.

Kennedy specifically accused former primetime host Tucker Carlson of inciting “hate and violence” against transgender people by making “false and horrifying statements” during a segment featuring both the name and logo of Egale.

“The transgender movement is targeting Christians, including violence,” Carlson said in a segment in March following a mass shooting at a school in Nashville.

Kennedy wrote: “Egale experienced first-hand the hate generated from a single segment that aired on Fox News in Canada. “This show clearly violates Canadian broadcast standards and has no place on Canadian broadcast networks.”

Carlson’s primetime programming on Fox News is the most watched cable news program in America. In late April, however, Fox News overtook Carlson, days after the network agreed to a nearly $800 million settlement to avoid facing trial over claims that it promotes advertising. false statements about voting machines after the 2020 US presidential election.

In the letter, Kennedy called on the Canadian Television and Telecommunications Commission, or CRTC, to hold public consultations about banning Fox News from Canadian cable packages because of its “abusive” content. The CRTC regulates television, radio and other telecommunications in the country.

“We are calling on the CRTC to begin public consultation on removing Fox News from the List of Non-Canadian Programs Allowed for Distribution in Canada,” Kennedy said.

Since public consultations began on May 3, more than 160 Canadians have submitted, with some defending Fox News and others supporting calls to ban the store. by Kennedy.

“Why would we want a broadcaster spreading misinformation and damaging our democracy the way it did the United States,” someone in Ontario wrote.

“Removing sources of information that contain alternative thoughts to any of your personal agendas can be undemocratic and against free speech,” another said.

“As a person who identifies as LGBTQ2SI, I firmly believe that Canadians can decide for themselves which cable channels they want or don’t want and that Canadians can distinguish opinion from reality without prejudice. drop options on their behalf,” stated one person in New Brunswick.

The CRTC will accept public comments until June 2.

Fox News and CRTC did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.

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