Freedom of the Press

For A Freer Press, Add Economic Freedom

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

A free press is one of the bulwarks of a modern, democratic society. Thomas Jefferson himself famously preferred newspapers without a government to government without newspapers. Yet there is an underappreciated link between freedom of the press, on the one hand, and economic freedom, on the other.

Harper Era Was 'Dark Age' For Press Freedom, Watchdog Says

AP/HuffPost Canada | The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Business

Canada drops 10 spots on press freedom index.

Media Freedom Not Absolute, Court Hears At Vice Media Trial

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada

"The effect on journalists could be crippling."

Why Cultural Sensitivity Should Never Trump Free Speech

Kenny Yum | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenny Yum

I understand the nature of cultural and religious sensitivity. I believe in debate and free speech. What happened this past week put the two ideas -- free speech and religious sensitivity -- at polar opposites. I had realized that after we printed the clarification that the staff at The Eyeopener probably didn't fully understand the implications of our statement. We were accused of ignorance.

Freedom of the Press? Not In Tanzania

Michael MacDonald | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada
Michael MacDonald

In Canada, protection of a free press is so ingrained that we almost take it for granted. In Tanzania, unfortunately, one op-ed really can mean the difference between earning a living and the death of an entire paper.

Watching the Watchdog: The Freedom of Speech Award Goes to...

Tim Knight | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

So there I am in my last column agonizing over whether Canada should ban that obscene and hateful Internet video called Innocence of Muslims, when it occurs to me that it might be a really good idea to come up with an example of freedom of speech in action. Something easily understandable. Something vivid. Something gutsy.

Tories' Orwellian Stranglehold on the Press

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 07.05.2012 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

The Conservative government, and the new CBC/Radio-Canada code of ethics violate the principles of independence, and impartiality that are so closely associated with the profession of journalism, and are a serious threat to the preservation of Canadian democracy, where freedom of the press is a fundamental value enshrined in our Constitution.

Banning Books in the Age of Information

Robert Wheaton | Posted 12.01.2011 | Canada
Robert Wheaton

On Jan. 25, Twitter's website became inaccessible in Egypt. Protestors, who had gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in other cities across the count...

Invisible Iranians

Roya Boroumand | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Roya Boroumand

What determines political developments in a closed country does not necessarily happen in front of the cameras with tanks rolling over protesters. The most important struggle is a long term fight to be heard and the psychological warfare between the persecuted and the persecutors.