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Our reporters Sheila Gunn Reid and Keean Bexte were just banned from the Alberta Legislature Press Gallery.
You’re not going to believe it but the decision to ban us yesterday was made by the National Post.
We got a two-sentence letter from Tyler Dawson, banning Sheila and Keean. You can view the letter here.
By the way, Tyler Dawson was one of the National Post leftists who signed the letter demanding that Rex Murphy not be allowed to write conservative things.
And now he’s censoring us.
The Alberta Legislature Press Gallery controls who has access to the building. It’s dominated by Postmedia, because they own most of the newspapers in the province — both the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun. Both the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun.
And they just decided to keep us out. They don’t want the competition.
Which is interesting, because when Postmedia bought out Sun Media, giving it both newspapers in Alberta's major cities, they told the federal Competition Bureau that they would protect competition and diversity for readers.
You’ll notice in the letter from the National Post, they don’t tell us their reasons for banning us. They didn’t even invite us to our own trial. There is no appeal.
And the guy who made the decision — Tyler Dawson, the president of this little censorship club — has a long-standing vendetta against Rebel News. He hates us, he can’t control his hatred for us, and the National Post has allowed him to publish his hatred for us for years. And that’s all fine — my feelings aren’t hurt. All I’m saying is: how can someone who has had a five-year vendetta against us now pretend to be a neutral arbiter of who can or can’t work as a reporter?
Why should we have to depend on our competitors’ permission for the right to work in the first place?
Postmedia lied to the Competition Bureau when they said they weren’t a threat to competition. They personally blocked us.
I used to work at the National Post myself, so I’ve been downplaying their vendetta against us. But it’s been getting worse. They have recently stolen our own work republished it on their websites without credit or payment to us. Outright theft.
They didn’t even deny it; they just don’t care. They’re an elephant and we’re a mouse. We sued them in small claims court in January — and they still haven’t even bothered to file a statement of defence. They think they’re above the law; they think they’re better than us. Because they’re now part of Trudeau’s team. They’re on the Trudeau payroll and their reporters want to join the Trudeau union. So of course they're going to ban us from the Alberta Press Gallery.
No. Not today. We’re fighting back.
I’m doing this because Sheila and Keean are great reporters, and it’s outrageous that our competition can ban us. But I’m also doing this for you — our Rebel viewers. And I’m even doing this, in a round about way, for Tyler Dawson and the other bullies at the National Post. Because the freedom of the press that I’m fighting for is the freedom they use every day as journalists.
So please call up the National Post and cancel your subscription. Call 416-383-2500 during business hours to do that. And if you can, please help me pay for my free speech lawyers.
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