Police at a checkpoint setup outside of a perimeter established in Ottawa's downtown core barred Rebel News journalist Alexa Lavoie from capturing footage from inside the area. An officer speaking to Lavoie asked her for press credentials, which she presented despite any laws requiring her to do so, only to have them rejected.
“Do you have any credentials with you?” the officer asks Lavoie while explaining that only those with exceptions, like working or living in the area, are allowed through the perimeter. Another officer joins the obstruction, also asking to see credentials.
Lavoie then presents her identification from the Independent Press Gallery, an association for journalists who have vowed to remain independent from government.
“This doesn't really mean anything to me,” the officer tells Lavoie. “Thank you for showing that to me, but it's time to go,” he adds.
When asked why he isn't willing to recognize the Independent Press Gallery card, the officer responds that “it's a laminated piece of paper that you could have made up at home.”
State-funded media outlets, like CBC, however, were granted access to film in the area.
Rebel News reporters, including Alexa Lavoie, have been on the ground in Ottawa for three weeks now telling the other side of the story from the Freedom Convoy protest. To see all of our coverage, and to help support our independent journalism, visit ConvoyReports.com.