In a blog that is supposed to cover censorship issues in Canada, I suppose I should mention an issue that has received a lot of attention. On the other hand, precisely because the issue has received a lot of attention, there’s not much I can add.
A year ago one person in Newfoundland made a complaint to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC), about one word in some versions of the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing. The CBSC considered the complaint, and determined that song versions containing the offensive word should not be played on the radio. That’s all. Some radio stations have openly defied the ban, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has asked the CBSC to reconsider the ban.
Meanwhile, anyone is free to listen to or buy any version of the song they wish. As censorship issues go, this is very minor, and very public. We should be more concerned about the censorship we don’t know about.