Canada Takes Tentative Step Toward Freedom of the Press

Even in Canada, though it often gutters low, the flame of liberty is still alive.

A CRTC [Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission] proposal that could make it easier to broadcast false or misleading news has prompted confusion and criticism among opposition MPs and consternation in at least one of the unions that represents Canadian journalists. …

A little-watched committee of Parliament has been pressing the [CRTC] for many years to do something about a regulation that bans the broadcast of false or misleading news because the wording appears to contravene the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Yes, screech liberals, but what about our freedom to never hear anything that doesn’t reinforce our point of view? The “accuracy” of information not being subject to approval by likeminded bureaucrats has smoke jetting from their ears:

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“If implemented, this change will throw wide the doors to the lies and manipulation of Fox News-style television; if implemented, this change will usher in an era in which venomous, fact-eschewing news media will shape the destiny of Canada,” writes one woman from Toronto.

The proposed new wording would make it illegal to report information only if those reporting it know it isn’t true and it “endangers or is likely to endanger the lives, health or safety of the public.” On top of this there are laws for libel and slander, not to mention the trouble people like Mark Steyn get in for offending privileged special interest groups like Muslims.

But this isn’t good enough for open-minded liberals, who insist on the government having the power to suppress any information deemed to be “false or misleading.” Canadians certainly can’t have people watching “Fox News-style television” and then questioning the progressive establishment’s narrative.


On tips from Lorna. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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