Promoting Family Values

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Promoting Family Values


The families that control the Can West, Quebecor and Power Corporation media are accused of using them to promote their own interests. Excerpts from evidence presented May 8.

The concentration and convergence of information is inordinately increasing the social, political and economic power of the media owners. Their power in society has increased tenfold because of the number of platforms that they operate.

The recent example of Quebecor in Quebec is extremely disturbing. We saw a media baron and his wife literally using the air waves to flood the media and culture of Quebec by recruiting journalists from the print and electronic media belonging to Quebecor. They were made to take part in the promotion of Star Academie. Next year it might be something else. I am choosing my words carefully, but, in this case, it was certainly possible to speak of a process of corrupting the mission of journalists.

In that case, at Quebecor, their work was no longer geared to the public interest but was forced to serve individual, private interests. This not only affects the integrity of journalism but its credibility as well.

I must point out that concentration does not always lead to such excesses, but concentration and convergence alone make such excesses possible. We need a firm hand over the multitude of press barons, owners, and managers, which in some way or another must trickle down to the journalists.

I am also worried about what could happen. …

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