The annual press freedom rankings are out. See where Canada ranks — and where China does

Check out this headline:

JUST IN: China seeks ‘new world media order’ says watchdog, as Hong Kong plunges to 80th in press freedom index 

And I believe it. Hong Kong has a rollicking free press. But it’s under attack. Communist thugs literally burst into the printing presses of democracy-oriented newspapers and trash the place. Arrests, as we’ve seen.

Let me read a bit from this study that just came out:

Hong Kong has plunged seven places in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index “because of its treatment of journalists during pro-democracy demonstrations,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. China, meanwhile, was ranked 177th as it sought a “new world media order,” according to the French journalism watchdog.

Now, far be it from me to object, but I know for a fact that our reporters, Avi Yemini and Keean Bexte were unbothered by police as they covered the protests.

I just don’t believe that it’s worse to be a journalist in Hong Kong than many of the 79 countries higher on the rankings them them — East Timor, for example, or Malawi, to pick a couple.

And don’t tell me that the United States of America, with its First Amendment, is ranked at 45, either.

Rebel News are denied access to Trudeau’s briefings every single day. And yet Canada is ranked 16 on the press freedom list:

Canada illustrated its growing commitment to international press protections this year when it launched, alongside the United Kingdom, the Media Freedom Coalition in July 2019, creating an international alliance between nations that pledge to champion and defend press freedom.

That’s the one where, literally in the conference about media freedom, Chrystia Freeland tried to ban our reporter Sheila Gunn Reid from attending a press conference.

So that’s why Canada’s doing so great? Because they sponsored a conference?

No mention of the corrosive effects of Trudeau bailing out 99 per cent of the media, and thus controlling them.

No mention of Guilbeault’s plan to licence journalists.

And no mention of Dominic Leblanc’s brainwave to make it illegal to have the wrong opinions about the virus.

That’s what China did, and China is ranked 177th out of 180. I agree with that. (North Korea is last by the way).

Look, I’m sure Reporters Without Borders mean well. And I’m glad they’re standing up to China, one of the few international human rights groups to do so — and they’re standing up for Hong Kong. I’m glad.

But when they say that Trump’s insults to lippy reporters is a reason why America isn’t free, they lose credibility.

And when they give Canada a pass because of a fake media freedom conference — but ignore all Trudeau's censorship plans, it hurts their credibility.

Ironically, giving China a bad report won’t make a spot of difference — they don’t care.

But this report is actually the kind of thing that Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland care deeply about — they love to go to international cocktail parties and jet around to places like Davos and the UN.

Could Reporters Without Borders please say a word about Trudeau’s plan to turn every Canadian reporter into one of two species?

Either a reporter that the government pays, or a reporter that the government bans. Neither are good for the country — and reporters without borders should say so, and stop whitewashing Trudeau’s authoritarian streak.

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