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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
ok, so a hot topic in Canada lately is that Prime Minister Stephen Harper ban media coverage of the Canadian soldier's bodies being returned home from Afghanistan. He has also delcared that we will not lower the Canadian flag to half-mast.

Here's a link to a new article ( I feel is sugar coating the issues and defending a conservative government) but a link non the less (sorry don't have time to find a better one).

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Con...l=968350116795

On the new, many family members are outraged because they could not make it to the ceremony in person and had planned to watch it on tv. Stephen Harper has stripped them of this ability. I think its wrong and he's just trying not to let the Canadian people see the death from the war because most people oppose it. i find it disrespectful to just start doing this now. I'm glad Stephen Harper is showing some of his true colors but unfortunately it had to come out at the pain of other people. surprise surprise.
post #2 of 17
I was really angry when I read that too. It seems like Harper really doesn't think much of the media and of the public in general.



But does he really think this will silence opposition to the war? It seems to me that it just makes people even more angry and puts the war back in front page news.
post #3 of 17
Shades of Bush. I suppose they've both been influenced by memories of the Vietnam War - seeing the body bags, and then the coffins being unloaded on a constant basis, really increased opposition to that war.
I think the U.S. public, for the most part, still distinguishes between the war in Afghanistan and that in Iraq, though, so I don't understand why Harper would copy Bush.
post #4 of 17
Harper unfortunately is a wannabe Bush. The best way to push all of his right-wing, predjudicial policies through is to control the media. The environmental minister was also told to keep an Environment Canada scientist from talking about a climate change book he wrote. This smells rotten to me...where did free speech go?
post #5 of 17
I sure didn't vote for Harper - I had already figured out he was trouble.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
I sure didn't vote for Harper - I had already figured out he was trouble.
Me neither...i pray we are only stuck with him for the short term! I vote NON-CONFIDENCE!!!!
post #7 of 17
How tragic for the families and fellow citizens of those poor fallen soldiers! The impact of the true casualties of war has been lessened by our media here in the States; when I first saw AlJazeera coverage, I almost vomited - the American body bags; the footage of the carnage that remained where they perished... and then I realized how "sterilized" our media coverage is!
post #8 of 17
It disgusted me that they decided to impose a media ban on the return of our fallen soliders, it's wrong for so many reasons...and very disrespectful.
post #9 of 17
Maybe Harper hopes by doing this now we'll all forget by the time election comes around. Or...he's doing it before he announces he's sending more troops over, or maybe into Iraq too.
post #10 of 17
At first I could understand it, the way it was explained, here. Just like they don't show pictures of bodies in murder scenes on TV, and when they do its often for the shock value. They also explained it as being respectful to the families.

But then I realized that its disrespectful to the killed soldiers. They were sent to a war knowing they could make the ultimate sacrfice and then when they do we're supposed to pretend that nobody is dying. They really just want people to forget that there are real grieving families, real deaths of 20-year-olds, real bodies, because then it would seem like a real war. And then more people than already do would oppose it, or at least wish we could do things in a way in which nobody died.
post #11 of 17
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I just hope Stephen Harper does something even more revealing of his personality to show Canadians what he's really like. This is just a peep show in comparison. No offense or anything, but he has an American as his right hand man....Tom Flanigan(I believe that is his name...didnt double check thou) who known outright for not like Native people. I vote NDP in my riding because the person who ran had the best chance at winning over the conservative person.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Renny
Maybe Harper hopes by doing this now we'll all forget by the time election comes around. Or...he's doing it before he announces he's sending more troops over, or maybe into Iraq too.
Wouldn't put it past him. Or much else, either. I don't trust that man as far as I can throw him.
post #13 of 17
How unfair and disrespectful to those soldiers and their families! I hope the outcry over this is LOUD and HEARD!
post #14 of 17
What a total and complete slap in the face to those soldiers who risked their lives for his comfort and power. That is sickening.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
How unfair and disrespectful to those soldiers and their families! I hope the outcry over this is LOUD and HEARD!
The outcry by the media and public has been loud, but completely ignored by Harper and his government. I know of several people in my immediate area that called their MP's but, the MPs aren't even allowed to comment.
I fear this is a sign of things yet to come....
post #16 of 17
Boy, do I know what you mean! Last week, there were demonstrations by German civilians and U.S. soldiers against Cheney in Stuttgart, and I saw absolutely nothing about it in the U.S. media. The week before, there were demonstrations against Bush, which I missed, because of Easter vacation, but again, no reports. Rumsfeld is the target of next week's demonstrations, and I'm sure nothing will be reported.
post #17 of 17
For those that didn't know, the media is banned from taking pictures of the coffins and bodybags coming back into the United States as well. Photographers get into big trouble if they try to take photos.

This is, IMHO, a symptom of governments no longer working for the people. (And incidently, why I originally wanted to be part of the media in the first place, because they do TRY to call attention to what governments are doing.)
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