Choose News has launched a petition (content below) to Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the CRTC).
View and sign our Petition, here (click on this line and you will go to another site for the petition, in a new window)
Petition Content (copied from petition):
Chairman, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Better protect Canadian children from violent content of conventional radio and television news.
I am petitioning you today to better protect Canadian children from the potentially harmful effects of conventional TV and radio newscasting.
Today, children < 7 years who are exposed to, or inadvertently consume radio and/or TV newscasts emphasizing 'bad' news detailing murder, violence, terrorism, accidents, disasters - as is standard and common newscasting practice - are at risk of mental and emotional health impairment.
Oversight responsibility for enacting change and overseeing existing regulations governing content of radio and TV newscasting falls to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB). At present Canadian broadcasters are ignoring the voluntary 'Violence Code', created in 1993, that specifically states, in Section 1.2.2: that young children not be exposed to programming which is unsuitable for them. The CRTC is failing in its responsibility to ensure the Violence Code is upheld and that the proponents of the Violence Code - the CAB - meet regularly to upgrade the Violence Code as they are obliged to do. This is wrong.
In the face of the compelling medical, legal and moral arguments presented by Choose News (on its website), it is untenable for the present situation to continue to be acceptable to Canadian society. Canadian broadcasters, the CBSC and the CRTC must act now! to reduce this immediate risk of harm to Canadian children through present news broadcasting practices.
In closing we ask that you apply your full attention to this matter.