Media, Press Freedom, Social Justice

Six journalists arrested after covering inauguration protest

A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter were each charged with the most serious level of offense under Washington DC’s law against rioting, after being caught up in the police action against demonstrators.

Journalists Evan Engel of Vocativ and Alex Rubinstein of RT America had also been arrested and charged with felonies while covering the inauguration protests.

Click here to read Guardian article for more details.

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has called for the district of Columbia to drop all charges against the six journalists. Click here to read the full article published by CJFE.

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The Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

Eight of the ten current members of the CBC Board of Directors are or have been contributors to the Conservative Party of Canada. All eight of these Conservative hacks were appointed by Stephen Harper. The current President of the CBC was also appointed by Stephen Harper.1

Prime Minister Trudeau promised that ““the process for CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors appointments must be reviewed, to ensure merit-based and independent appointments.”

Mr. Trudeau, please keep your promise and abolish the current board of directors to make way for new, merit-based and independent leadership at the CBC. Also make sure that this reconstituted Board of Directors, not the Prime Minister, should have the ability to hire and fire the President.

Sign the petition at Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Let your MP know that you want the CBC to operate free from political interference. Share the link with your friends.

Footnotes:

  1. Elections Canada and Orders in Council database.

 

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