Sunday, June 28, 2009

Klassekampen - 2 Stories

1) Bushs mann til Oslo (By Maren Sæbø) 28 June 2005
In this story "Bushs mann til Oslo" the journalist talks about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States and Mexico. What about Canada? For some reason there is no mention of Canada as a member of NAFTA. Three countries belong to the NAFTA, and prior to NAFTA existing, Canada and the United States had a trade agreement in place called the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) since 1989. It was Canada (not the United States) that sought this free trade agreement with the United States, to which the United States agreed to participate and eventually joined in 1989. By 1993, Canada (not the United States) approached the United States and Mexico, with interest in expanding the FTA to include Mexico. At that time, Mexico decided to join, hence the new and expanded free-trade agreement NAFTA. In this example the Norwegian press once again leaves out any reference to Canada when it should be clearly noted. If a journalist is to write on a topic of which Canada is an important part we should be included, considering the history of NAFTA Canada should be included. It is obvious that the Norwegian media is often very ignorant of Canada.
2) Lav trussel (By Bjørgulv Braanen) 10 June 2006
In this article the journalist refers to Canadian writer as "British." After an e-mail to the journalist a reply was never received and the mistake in the story has not been corrected.

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