Thursday, December 28, 2006

A Pessimistic 2007 Outlook

2007 promises to be a not-so-Happy-New-Year for Canadian news consumers. Sorry to be a party pooper, but it looks like the Conservative government of Stephen Harper is bound and determined to undermine a pillar of our democracy — the Fourth Estate.

The forecast includes:

  • Further deregulation of the news industry, allowing corporate interests to trump the public's;

  • Yet more ownership concentration and the monopolization of our print and broadcast media;

  • Continued undermining of the CBC, our public broadcaster.

Here's hoping Canadians will wake up to what awaits them and join together to demand that the media empires not be allowed to hijack our freedoms.