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Stalking, physical and verbal assault, inappropriate and non-consensual touch.
But before I get to it, I would like you all to bear in mind that I grew up with the conservatism of the 1980s, when the AIDS scare meant homophobia and everyone believed you could catch it from toilet seats and that breathing "LGBT air" would make you gay;
when sex education meant learning how to put a condom on a banana and learning the correct anatomical names but nothing about sexual orientation, sexual/gender identity or gender expression;
Every year, on this date (Armistice Day, or Remembrance day for some), we are reminded of the many who gave up their lives, perhaps a million or more, so that we who are left can live in freedom.
For those of us who live now, we remember, at best, the solders who died in more recent wars, but there were so many others too, and the years have left only fading reminders of those to whom we owe our freedom.
September 11, 2001. A hijacked passenger jet out of Boston crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, ripping a gaping hole in its façade and setting the building on fire.
Eighteen minutes later, a second hijacked jet slams into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes. A young girl who is being evacuated tells her father, “Daddy, look. They’re doing it on purpose.”
Heart-wrenching words. An unwavering and resolute declaration from one so little. One from whom we expect candor and innocence. People the world over turn to news channels such as CNN and watch the drama unfold on live television. The footage is graphic, gripping.
I've held my tongue a long time, but I need to get this off my chest and respond to the growing number of folks chanting "defund the media".
As one who has worked in public relations/public affairs, communications, and marketing/advertising for close to 20 years, I'd like you to consider what I have to say.
In Canada, journalists may join the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). The CAJ's widely cited Ethics Guidelines are intended to help both seasoned professionals and new journalists to hold themselves accountable for professional work.