Canada ranks #16 in press freedom

Canada ranks #16 in press freedom

Canada is ranked #16 for press freedom in the world, according to the latest annual Reporters Without Borders ranking.

According to Reporters Without Borders

Although it has risen to 16th place in the 2020 Ranking, Canada (+ 2) has had a mixed record, with access to information refusals and court decisions that have hampered, but also sometimes defended the rights of journalists.

Hmm, this sounds familiar.

Canada hasn't always been so low. During the last year of the Harper Government in 2015, Canada's rank was a healthy #8.

On top of the challenge of living under Liberals, the social distancing and crushing shut-downs have had a negative effect on uncovering factual information:

There is a clear correlation between suppression of media freedom in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and a country’s ranking in the Index.

In the past few months, Rebel News has hit a few snags in our mission to deliver the facts on the Trudeau government:

  • July 2019: Rebel News and True North were denied entry to Chrystia Freeland's media availability at the Global Conference for Media Freedom... and the other reporters stood up and demanded that everyone be included!
  • September 2019: CBC redacts “terrorist” label for convicted war criminal Omar Khadr in access to information request.
  • October 2019: Rebel News took Trudeau’s hand-picked debates commission to court and won a temporary injunction to allow Keean Bexte and David Menzies to attend leaders' debates.
  • December 2019: Trudeau's Privy Office hid names and matching taxpayer-funded payouts to former employees.
  • January 2020: The Liberal government censored 140 pages out of a 161 page document requested under access to information concerning Trudeau's M-103 anti-racism strategy.
  • January 2020: Ezra Levant was placed under investigation and interrogated for writing The Libranos, a book critical of the Trudeau government.
  • March 2019: The Environment Ministry claimed “no records” of limousine travel mileage.
  • April 2020:  Trudeau government plays dumb on travel statistics and returns an access to information request asking Rebel News to clarify what the word “arrivals” means in connection to a question about “arrivals” from China.
  • April 2020: Liberals propose to tackle coronavirus by bringing in a new censorship law.

At this point I think it's fair to say who's responsible for keeping Canada's rank down. Can't say we're sorry to expose the flaws in the system, either.

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