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Progressive: Canada co-hosting media freedom event with country prosecuting journalists

If the topic of media freedom in Canada wasn’t ironic enough, imagine co-hosting a media freedom event with a country that’s prosecuting journalists.

Well, leave it to the Liberals to outdo themselves again.

Canada is co-hosting this year’s Global Conference for Media Freedom with Botswana, a country that can imprison and fine journalists who publish COVID-19 information the government disagrees with.

An interesting choice for a co-host partner but perhaps not surprising.

“A vibrant and free media is a cornerstone of democracy and of human rights,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francois-Philippe Champagne in a YouTube statement announcing the event last week. “During this critical time, we must stand together to protect the freedom of media professionals within and beyond our borders.”

Quite a statement considering Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were caught harassing Ezra Levant while his fellow Rebel News staff are regularly stifled trying to gain access and ask questions.

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If you’re asking politicians anything other than softball questions these days, you’re instantly blackballed and either uninvited or ignored during future events. And that’s not just in Federal politics, but at the provincial and city levels too.

It’s a shame. Canada is increasingly operating like a communism where scandal after scandal gets covered up and so many questions are left unanswered. Many more questions can’t even be asked.

They say it’s up to media to hold governments accountable but times have changed. It’s time for the citizens to take an interest, get involved and demand accountability and transparency in Canadian politics.

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Ryan Craswell is a 2001 graduate of the Holland College Journalism Program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has worked in print media with The Eastern Graphic newspaper in PEI along with the Truro Daily News and Amherst Daily News in Nova Scotia. Ryan has also been an editor in online sports media but more recently has worked in marketing content. He created Free North News in October 2020 and is committed to delivering honest insight and news that the corporate, mainstream media fails to cover.

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