One Country, Two Journalistic Cultures: The Charlie Hebdo Affair in the Bi-cultural Journalistic Field of Canada

  • Lyombe EkoEmail author


Canada is a bilingual, bi-cultural country with two journalistic fields that represent two iterations of the journalistic craft. This chapter is concerned with how the Franco-Canadian journalistic field and the Anglo-Canadian journalistic field respectively conceptualized and constructed the reality of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack for their respective audiences. The focus is on the interaction of journalism and culture in Canada, using, as a case study, French-language and English-language journalistic conceptualizations of Charlie Hebdo cartoons, as well as their respective editorial decisions and pronouncements with respect to republishing or not republishing the controversial cartoons in their reporting of the terrorist attacks. Specifically the chapter explores whether (1) the editorial decisions of media outlets in the Franco-Canadian journalistic field to republish or not to republish Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoons mirrored editorial decisions taken in the French journalistic field in the context of the crisis, and (2) whether the editorial decisions of the English-language journalistic field of Canada with respect to republication of Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoons reflected editorial decisions in the English-language journalistic field of the United Kingdom.


Journalistic fields of Canada French-language journalistic culture English-language journalistic culture Cultural proximity Cultural continuity Collective editorial resistance 


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  1. 1.Journalism and Creative MediaTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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