Tell the CRTC and Canadian broadcasters to reduce violent content of TV and radio news
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Canadian children need our help. Children < 7 years who are exposed to excessively violent TV and/or radio newscasts detailing and sensationalizing murder, violence, terrorism, accidents, disasters - as is standard newscasting practice - are at risk of mental and emotional health impairment.
Choose News is acting to address this issue to better protect our children; please sign our petition urging Canadian broadcasters and the federal broadcast regulator to update their (outdated) 'Violence Code' and reduce the violent content of TV and radio news. *
The scientific, legal and moral basis for addressing this issue and strengthening protections for our children from violent news is compelling, and the practice of sensationalizing 'bad' (violent) news must change.
Broadcasters in the UK, the Netherlands and Austria have acted to better protect their children from violent news content and it's time to do the same in Canada! Please sign our petition, today.
"It is imperative that we consider the health and well-being of our children and youth in the development and updating of policies and guidelines which are used in the broadcasting industry. 'Choose News' is an excellent initiative and offers an important step towards achieving this goal."
- Dr. Paul Martiquet; Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (2017)
* Responsibility for enacting change and overseeing existing regulations governing content of radio and TV newscasting falls on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB). At present they are ignoring their own (voluntary) 'Violence Code', created in 1993, and failing to meet and upgrade the Violence Code as they have agreed to do. This is unacceptable.
For more information, see: www.choosenews.org
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