It was also the year the CRTC and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters convened and co-drafted a 'Violence Code' to oversee Canadian broadcast productions, including TV and radio newscasting.
The 'Statement of Princlple' of the Violence Code contained the following:
1.2.1 that programming containing gratuitous violence not be telecast, and
1.2.2 that young children not be exposed to programming which is unsuitable for them
If this isn't clear enough, on the issue of broadcasting content the Code also states,
1.1 Canadian broadcasters shall not air programming which:
- contains gratuitous violence in any form*
- sanctions, promotes or glamorizes violence
That strikes me as unequivocal.
Another stipulation of the Code of 1993 is that it "shall be reviewed every 5 years."
No review has happened since 1993. And neither are many mainstream Canadian broadcasters following the guidance of the 'Statement of Principle'. Today's HDTV newscasting technology sears graphically impactive violence into the psyches of almost anyone exposed to it. Good luck trying to vanquish the visual or auditory demons that come with any mainstream newscast profiling the latest terrorism, kidnapping, highway accident, or personal tragedy. No wonder so many adults mute or turn off mainstream news - it's drenches one's psyche with information that is potentially traumatizing.
But children exposed to this don't have the luxury of controlling the mute button or understanding the consequences of what they are consuming. And so they squirm and cry and stress. Sometimes for a short time, sometimes for years or the rest of their lives.
CRTC and CAB: Shame on you! Get informed about pediatric trauma and update your Jurassic Violence code!
Canadian children are depending on you.
(Please sign the Choose News petition - linked in to the tab above - urging the CRTC and CAB to reconvene and update their Violence Code - Now!)