Fox News faces potential ban in Canada as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has initiated a public consultation on a complaint from Egale Canada, an LGBTQ rights group, requesting the broadcast regulator to ban Fox News from cable packages in the country.
CRTC opens public consultation on Egale Canada complaint against Fox News
Interested parties and the public can submit their comments on the CRTC website until June 2. Egale Canada first expressed its intention to file an application with the CRTC to ban Fox News in April, following what it called “false and horrifying claims” made by host Tucker Carlson about transgender individuals.
According to the group, the coverage of Fox News aimed to provoke hatred and violence against Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming communities, particularly those who belong to the 2STNBGN category. In March, Carlson’s segment on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show made false claims about these communities, painting them as violent and dangerous, thereby provoking resentment and violence against them through false and malicious misinformation.
Helen Kennedy, Egale Canada’s executive director, stated in an open letter that Carlson’s inflammatory and false claims that trans people are “targeting” Christians are an incitement of violence against trans people that is evident to any viewer.
Fox News faces potential ban in Canada
The letter also accused the segment of stoking resentment against 2STNBGN individuals through misinformation, including the claim that trans people are given preferential treatment in employment and other opportunities. Following Egale’s request, Carlson has been fired from Fox News since early April.
The CRTC maintains a list of international channels that cable, satellite, and IPTV providers can include in their packages. In March 2022, the CRTC removed Russia Today and RT France from the list following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The move shows that the CRTC can indeed take action against channels that are deemed problematic or controversial.
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The public consultation on the Egale Canada complaint is an essential step towards determining whether Fox News should be banned from Canadian airwaves or not. It provides an opportunity for concerned parties to express their views and opinions on the matter.
Ultimately, the decision lies with the CRTC, and its decision will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for the Canadian media landscape.