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TVUH and Mark Bourrie discuss Killing The Messengers as Harper strategy

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Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information - the lifeblood of any democracy - is under attack. The public's right to know has been undermined by a government that effectively killed Statistics Canada, fired hundreds of scientists and statisticians, gutted Library and Archives Canada and turned freedom of information rules into a joke. Facts, it would seem, are no longer important.

Kill The Messengers exposes how trends have conspired to simultaneously silence the Canadian media and elect an anti-intellectual government that conducts business in private. Demonstrating how the Harper government suppresses facts that challenge policy or undermine its ideologically based decisions. This is not just a compilation of evidence bemoaning the current state of the Canadian media. It is a call to arms for informed citizens to become active participants in the democratic process.

Mark Bourrie holds a PhD in Canadian media and military history, is a National Magazine Award winning journalist and has written hundreds of pieces for most of the country's major magazines and newspapers. Mark lectures on propaganda and censorship at the Canadian Force's Public Affairs Branch, on media history and propaganda at Carleton University and on Canadian studies at the University of Ottawa, where he is also working on a Juris Doctor degree. Previously, Mark's book The Fog of War: Censorship of Canada's Media in World War Two was the first examination of Canada's news control system. Now, Kill The Messengers explores it in a time of so-called peace.