Monday, April 9, 2012

Further Evidence of Alberta Media Bias and Censorship

The Thursday, April 12th leaders debate hosted by the Global Television Network includes only four leadership candidates out of nine leadership candidates.

The following leaders of Alberta registered parties are excluded from the televised debate:

Glenn Taylor, leader of the Alberta Party
Alberta Party Website

Len Skowronski, leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party
Alberta Social Credit Party Website

Noami Rankan, leader of the Communist Party--Alberta
Communist Party--Alberta Website

Larry Ashmore, leader of the EverGreen Party of Alberta
EverGreen Party of Alberta Website

Bruce Hutton, leader of the Separation Party of Alberta
Separation Party of Alberta Website

The Global Television Network is hosting its leaders debate with Progressive Conservative Leader Alison Redford, NDP Leader Brian Mason, Liberal Leader Raj Sherman and Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.

The four leaders will be interviewed by reporters from the Global Television Network (owned by Shaw Media Incorporated), CTV (owned by Bell Media), CBC (funded by the Canadian federal government), and Edmonton Journal (owned by Postmedia Network Canada Incorporated).

In the CBC Alberta leaders debate scheduled for April 17th, the same five party leaders are excluded.

During the 2011 Canadian federal election, the CBC and the Global Television Network (through Shaw Media Incorporated) were part of a private media consortium which invited only four party leaders out of nineteen party leaders to the two televised national debates.

The FDA supports the inclusion of all leaders of registered Alberta parties in televised and audio debates, for the sole purpose of broadly informing the electorate about their electoral choices. By the Alberta major media censoring and filtering information about party leaders and registered parties, the electorate will be less informed, which in turn will impact the election results, and ultimately impair Alberta democracy.

In this Globe and Mail article on Thursday's leaders debated, only one of the five leaders not invited to the debate is mentioned. (The Globe and Mail is owned by the Thomson family through its holding company, Woodbridge):

Thursday's Alberta televised debate

April 17 CBC leaders debate and censorship

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