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1 Holocaust Denial in Canada Raphael Cohen-Almagor

2 Ernst Zündel

3 Definition Holocaust denial is propaganda that seeks to deny the reality of the Holocaust, the systematic mass murder of six million Jews and millions of others deemed inferior by the Nazi regime

4 Definition Hate speech is defined as a bias-motivated, hostile, malicious speech aimed at a person or a group of people because of some of their actual or perceived innate characteristics. It expresses discriminatory, intimidating, disapproving, antagonistic and/or prejudicial attitudes toward those characteristics which include sex, race, religion, ethnicity, colour, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation

5 Aim of Hate Speech Hate speech is aimed to injure, dehumanize, harass, intimidate, debase, degrade, and victimize the targeted groups, and to foment insensitivity and brutality against them. Hate site is defined as a site that carries hateful message in any form of textual, visual, or audio-based rhetoric

6 Zündels Trials – False News Did Six Million Really Die? Zündel was found guilty in this first trial. On appeal, the Canadian Supreme Court reversed the judgment, declaring on August 27, 1992, that the archaic "false news" law under which Zündel had been convicted was a violation of the country's Charter of Rights. The false news law was struck down as unconstitutional

7 Abusing the Internet Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered that Zündel, and any other individuals who act in the name of, or in concert with him, cease the discriminatory practise of communicating telephonically or causing to be communicated telephonically by means of the facilities of a telecommunication

8 Zündel and the Media Champion of free expression "Auschwitz was like a country club, expert said. staged events

9 The Zundelsite Women Dined and Danced in Auschwitz No gas chambers ever existed "Scientific evidence of Holocaust missing" People died in WWII, some were Germans, some Jews

10 Citron v. Zündel

11 Three ethical dilemmas Is there a room to ban Holocaust denial tracts such as Did Six Million Really Died?; How should the media cover people like Zündel who aim to manipulate their outlets? Was the CBC right in trying to be objective about the issue at hand and in attempting to balance between a Holocaust survivor and a Holocaust denier?

12 Conclusion Professionalism v. ratings Holocaust mixed with Holocaust denial Searching for the middle ground is false Media responsibility in exposing of hate

13 Thank you

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