On December 23, 2012, The Canadian Press has declared Luka Rocco Magnotta as, “2012 Newsmaker of the Year.”
In our society, impartial and timely news reporting is important, but national recognition to someone who incomprehensibly dismembers a living person, posts it on YouTube, and cowardly flees the country, sends the message to Magnotta and villains to follow, “If you perform such a heinous act, you might just become, “Man of the Year.””
As this decision was one of subjectivity, not impartiality, voted by editors across Canada, a different, more productive figure could have been nominated.
This decision, not only distasteful to the vast majority of Canadians, is disgraceful and deeply inconsiderate to Lin Jun’s (the victim’s) family.
Please show your support, sign this petition and request the Canadian Press to retract their declaration of Magnotta as, “Newsmaker of 2012.”
As a great nation we’re all part of, if we want these tragedies to never occur again, each of us must speak out when compelled to do so, and do our part for change.