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politics @ infoukes.com | 25Jul2012 | Roman Serbyn

Censorship at CBC regarding the CMHR?

On 19 July 2012 the CBC ran a short piece under the title:

Human rights museum gets $70M in government loans


The following day (20 July, 2012) I responded in the comments box provided at the bottom of the article. In response I received an automated acknowledgement of reception: "Thank you for submitting a comment. Please note that comments are pre-moderated and may not appear immediately." I waited for my comment to appear, but it did not appear that day, nor the following day. I tried to post my comment once more on 21 July but this time there was no automatic notice of reception although the notice at the bottom of the article specified that comments could be made until the 22nd.

My comment was not inappropriate or insulting. It did take a different approach from the ones that were already posted under the article. Here is my comment:

"It is unfortunate that the philosophical issue has been lost sight of. Is the CMHR supposed to be a museum dedicated to HUMAN RIGHTS or HUMAN WRONGS? This was the question posed several times by Canadian historians, but it has fallen on deaf ears of the organizers and promoters of the museum, and the politicians who are spending our money on the institution, pretend not to understand the difference.

In a human rights museum, the main focus should be on human rights, and in a Canadian museum, this focus should begin with the Canadian Charter of Rights and other Canadian legislation in that field. Then it should bring in humanity's experience with human rights legislation, first of all the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc. There is no museum anywhere in the world dedicated primarily to human rights and the Winnipeg museum would have been the one and only such institution.

The Holocaust, the Holodomor, and the other genocides and mass atrocities are HUMAN WRONGS, committed by violating human rights, and as such they belong in a human rights museum in the supportive role, as demonstrations and illustrations of the abuses of human rights. The Holocaust does not belong in the centre of the CMHR, any more than the Holodomor, or the Armenian, Cambodian or any other genocide. If, as Mr. Murray keeps on reminding us, the CMHR is NOT a genocide museum, then you don't put a particular genocide in the conceptual and physical centre of the institution. This is false advertising, and you don't become a world class institution on false pretense."

A day later I called the CBC, and after being transferred from one office to another, I finally reached someone who listened to my complaint, looked up the story, and advised me to write to the moderator. I wrote to the moderator, asking why my comment was not posted. I got no answer whatsoever.

Roman Serbyn