A federal government advisor attended a workshop in May put on by the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC), which was recently defunded after one of its senior consultants, Laith Marouf, was found to have made Twitter posts with derogatory comments such as “Jewish White Supremacists.”
Karim Karim, a professor at Carleton University’s journalism and communications school and a former policy analyst for the Canadian Heritage Department, attended the CMAC workshop in Vancouver on May 14 to speak about “racist discourses” and “white supremacy” in Canadian media, according to a video obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter.
“Today we are gathered here to speak about racism in the broadcasting sector of the colony of Canada,” he said. “We can see how media upholds white supremacy, genocide and colonialism.”
In 2020, Karim was appointed by the Canadian Heritage Department to serve on a panel formed to advise the Canada Revenue Agency on which media outlets met “certain criteria” to receive government subsidies and tax relief.
Karim praised CMAC at the event, saying the centre’s “progressive and forward thinking activism bears the seriousness and substance appropriate to the task at hand.”
The May workshop was led by Marouf, a senior consultant on a CMAC project aimed at building an “anti-racism” strategy for Canadian broadcasting who was recently found to have posted online comments with terms such as “bags of human feces, aka the Jewish White Supremacists.”
Diversity Minister Ahmed Hussen cut the government’s $133,000 funding to the project after Marouf’s tweets became public.
At the workshop’s opening, Marouf held a moment of silence for a Palestinian that he said was “assassinated” by Israel’s military. He also referred to the Israeli Defence Force as “Zionist occupation forces” and said Israel is a “Zionist apartheid regime.”
Speaking at the CMAC workshop, Karim said that some Canadians share an “omnipresent belief in white supremacy [which] enabled people who saw themselves as good Christians to perpetuate unspeakable cruelty and rapacious robbery in the name of civilization.”
The Canadian Press contributed to this report.