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The Ottawa Citizen is an English-language daily newspaper owned by CanWest Global in Ottawamarker, Canadamarker. According to the Canadian Newspaper Association, the paper has a circulation of 141,540.

History

Established as The Bytown Packet in 1845 by William Harris, it was renamed the Citizen in 1851. The newspaper's original motto, which has recently been returned to the editorial page, was Fair play and Day-Light.

The paper has been through a number of owners. In 1846, Harris sold the paper to John Bell and Henry J. Friel. Robert Bell bought the paper in 1849. In 1877, Charles Herbert Mackintosh, the editor under Robert Bell, became publisher. In 1879, it became one of several papers owned by the Southam family. It remained under Southam until Southam itself was purchased by Conrad Black's Hollinger Inc.. In 2000, Black sold most of his Canadian holdings to CanWest Global.

The editorial view of the Citizen has varied with its ownership, taking a reform, anti-Tory position under Harris and a conservative position under Bell. Under the Southams, it moved to the left, supporting the Liberal largely in opposition to the Progressive Conservative Party's support of free trade in the late 1980s. Under Black, it moved to the right and became a supporter of the Reform Party. It endorsed the Conservative Party of Canada in the 2006 federal election.

In 2002, its publisher Russell Mills was dismissed following the publication of a story critical of Prime Minister Jean Chr├ętien and an editorial calling for Chr├ętien's resignation.

In 2004 CBC reported that CanWest which owns the Citizen had changed the wording of Associated Press stories. The words 'insurgent' and 'militant' which were originally used in the AP story were swapped for 'terrorist'. The rest of the story stayed the same. This led to the National Council on Canadian-Arab relations to accuse the Citizen of being pro-Israelmarker and anti-muslim.

The logo depicts the top of the Peace Towermarker of the Parliament Buildingsmarker in Ottawa.

Sections

Daily

  • World
  • Canada
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Business

Weekly

  • Food
  • Driving
  • Technology


References

  1. " Fired publisher named Nieman Fellow", Harvard University Gazette. 2002.
  2. "[1]Report biased, Arabs argue CanWest inserts word `terrorist' Groups asking for an inquiry.]"
  3. " Reliving the horror."
  • Adam, Mohamed. (January 2, 2005). "When we began 1845: For 160 years, the Citizen has been the 'heartbeat of the community." Ottawa Citizen
  • Bruce, Charles. News and the Southams. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1968
  • Kesterton, W.H.. A History of Journalism in Canada. Ottawa, Canada: Carleton University Press, 1984. ISBN 0-88629-022-8.
  • Rutherford, Paul. A Victorian authority: the daily press in late nineteenth-century Canada. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1982. ISBN 0-8020-5588-5 DDC 71.1 LCC PN4907


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