Burman, Tony; Rae, The Hon. Bob
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Privacy and the Media - a timely issue that the CBC wrestles with every day. The urgency of the debate, given the increasing accessibility to information. 12 unrelenting months of Clinton and Lewinsky as the saga that is likely to be a watershed in the U.S. Lessons learned by Canadians and the Canadian media. Examples of the differences between Canadians and Americans in terms of their interest in the private lives of public figures. Ways in the Canada's criminal code protects the privacy of citizens as opposed to the laws in Europe that do not. The growing public interest in Canada in privacy issues. Reflections of the interest in the courts. Privacy issues taken seriously by the CBC, and how that is so. Policies that hold journalists accountable. Freedom of expression and freedom of the media as cornerstones of our society, and why that is important. The need for public confidence in the media. The essential role of the Canadian media. Not forgetting the "other side" of "privacy."
Orwell's vision of a totalitarian world. The speaker's concern that we are today living in a world in which there is literally no private space. Something in the confessional style, particularly but not solely, in American politics, which contributes to the end of privacy. In Canada, a very broad general view that there are issues that are not worthy of discussion or debate. The dual requirement of discipline from both sides - the media and the public. The change in the nature of the stories in the media over the past five years. An issue of self-regulation. A question of our own willingness to respect each other's place, each other's sense of space, and each other's sense of having a life that is lived outside the realm of Orwell's searching and never-ceasing eye.