Have Canadian media decided to forget about the Quebec City mosque massacre?
March 23, 2017
I searched online today for any news article dated after January 30th about the accused shooter in the murder of six men and the injury of nine others, all of whom were praying at their Quebec City mosque on January 29, 2017.
It’s been less than two months, but the killer seems to have vanished from the public record. Only the BBC continues to cover the story.
Last August I posted a column on this blog suggesting that one way to discourage domestic terrorism would be to deny notoriety to the perpetrators. Reporters seem to have done that in spades in this case.
I can’t help but wonder, however, if the news vacuum might have more to do with the pur lain surname of the perpetrator and the non-French surnames of the victims, rather than my suggestion.
The media silence, broken only by an Angus Reid push-poll today against 103, the Anti-Islamophobia motion, suggests that Canadians just want to forget that this massacre ever happened. We’re good at that.
UPDATE: 31 March, 2017
In a brief news clip the reporter mentions a court date today for the accused killer. She further explains that the previous defence attorney had requested and gained a publication blackout on the case. That attorney has quit and a legal aid lawyer is now representing the accused.