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Freedom of expression v. social responsibility: Holocaust denial in Canada

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael



This article revisits media coverage of Holocaust denial, arguing that the media should introduce standards of responsibility into coverage of such hatred. The article defines Holocaust denial and hate speech, as well as outlines the concept of moral and social responsibility. Ernst Zündel and his claim to fame are also discussed. Also analyzed are the ways in which Zündel had exploited the media, including one episode in which the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation staged a media event, bringing to its studio Zündel and a Holocaust survivor. I conclude with a discussion of whether we should ban Holocaust denial tracts. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Cohen-Almagor, R. (2013). Freedom of expression v. social responsibility: Holocaust denial in Canada. Journal of mass media ethics : MME, 28(1), 42-56.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 6, 2013
Publication Date 2013-01
Print ISSN 0890-0523
Electronic ISSN 1532-7728
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 42-56
Keywords Zündel, responsibility, hate speech, Holocaust denial, Auschwitz, Citron, CBC
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