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NCJ Number: 75702 Find in a Library
Title: Making Connections
Author(s): W Rowland
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 243
Sponsoring Agency: Gage Publishing Ltd
Agincourt Ont, M1S 3C7, Canada
Sale Source: Gage Publishing Ltd
164 Commander Blvd
Agincourt Ont, M1S 3C7,
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Activities involved in the production of a televised investigative report on organized crime in Canada are reported.
Abstract: The program resulting from this investigation -- called Connections -- was a two-part television documentary which identified organized crime leaders in Canada and detailed the activities of these organizations. The authors used advanced technology equipment in recording interviews and creating films of their investigation, including concealable recorders and extremely fast, highly sensitive film. The programs created an international sensation and received wide media news coverage. The second show in the series was viewed by an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million Canadians, considerably above criteria which had been established for successful shows of its type. The program produced a strong negative reaction among Canadians of Italian ancestry, and resulted in votes of censure by several legislative bodies. Reactions were more positive in the United States, where the program is credited with instituting a State investigation of organized crime. Photographs are included. An interview with a mafia soldier and synopses of the program content are included in appendixes.
Index Term(s): Canada; Organized crime; Television programming
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