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Radio Canada's personality asks management to fight CRTC's N-ward ruling

The federal agency has determined that the broadcaster needs to apologize for the repeated use of this word in the 2020 segment.

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The signatories say they fear an erosion of the "principles of freedom and independence" in journalism as well as the "dangers of censorship and self-censorship."
Signers say they are afraid of the "principles of freedom and independence" erosion and "censorship and self-danger" in journalism I am. censorship. " Photo by Dave Sidaway/Montreal Gazette

Public letter requested by more than 50 Radio Canadian figures The management has "violently challenged" the recent Canadian Radio and Television Communications Commission (CRTC) decision on the use of N-words in 2020 radio broadcasts.

In a decision issued last week,CRTC told Radio-Canada about "disrespectfulness" in the 1968 book segment of Pierre Vallières. I ordered you to apologize. N-word) blancs d'Amérique.

In response, journalists, anchors and presenters signed a public letter published inLa Presseand told his boss "very worried". I urged you to challenge the decision. Signers say they are afraid of the erosion of the "principles of freedom and independence" in journalism and the "risk of censorship and self-censorship."

CRTC criticized Crown Corporation for its repeated use of the full title of the book in the 2020 segment of Le 15-18 of ICI Radio-Canada Premierere.

Federal agencies have admitted that the word was not used with discriminatory intent, but Radio Canada has taken the necessary steps to "mitigate the effects of the N-word." Said it wasn't.

While recognizing that the term in question remains "loaded," the signer of the open letter said it was used "very rarely" in the broadcast. , "It is not done in the actual context." Aggressive, insulting, or inhuman.

Among the signers are anchors Céline Galipeau and Patrice Roy, as well as hosts Guy A. Lepage, Anne-Marie-Dussault and Michel Desautels.

The names of others, including veteran journalists, appear at the bottom of the document. It is addressed to Chairman of the Board, Michael Goldbloom, CEO Catherine Tait, Vice President of Services in France Michel Bissonnette, and News Director Luce. Julian.

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