January 17, 2018

Journalists for censorship? Attempt to ban Trump goes “horribly beautifully wrong”

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

 

Ironically named NGO, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), wanted to ban Donald Trump from coming into Canada for a G7 summit in June.

Then it went horribly and beautifully wrong.

CJFE claims to be an organization of journalists that monitors, defends and promotes free expression and access to information in Canada and around the world.

But a couple of days ago, they launched a petition calling on the Trudeau government to use its full force to prevent Trump from entering the country as if he were some kind of Nazi war criminal instead of the leader of our closest geopolitical ally and largest trading partner.

The petition read:

· Revoke Donald Trump's invitation to attend the Quebec G7 Summit in June 2018.
· Work with US counterparts to define a framework for a US delegation to attend the summit, without Trump's direct participation.
· Ensure that further security preparations for the summit are in full compliance with Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including Section 2(b)

After a nearly universal lambasting from journalists across the political spectrum who saw this as political censorship, diplomatically disastrous, and outside the CJFE mandate, they deleted their petition and issued a statement.

“We shared the petition because we legitimately believe that Canada's diplomatic actions should be consistent with promoting and supporting press freedom internationally. There is a very real need for Canada to use all available handles, including diplomatic pressures and sanctions to resist the rise of authoritarianism not just in the United States but around the world. This is something CJFE firmly believes in and will always advocate for."

Then CJFE deleted their response to their deleted petition. They censored their own attempt at censorship and then censored their response to them censoring their censorship. Are you following me? All this from an organization that claims to be devoted to transparency.

Watch my video to see some instances when CJFE didn’t seem to be interested in the Liberals using diplomacy to promote a free press.

They never called on anyone to ban Obama from Canada when he was locking up leakers and journalists more frequently than any other president before him.

And if journalism has a reputation problem, that’s not Trump’s fault. That’s on journalists, like those at CJFE.

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commented 2018-01-21 12:55:31 -0500
" They censored their own attempt at censorship and then censored their response to them censoring their censorship".
Right on Sheila!
commented 2018-01-20 01:12:27 -0500
If you click on the CJFE site they redirect you to a fundraising drive because, horror of horrors, they might not survive 2018. Gee, I’m going to miss them.
commented 2018-01-19 15:40:58 -0500
It is entirely possible within the next couple years, Trump may refuse to visit Canada due to the number of Islamic terrorists Jihadi Justin is importing……..
commented 2018-01-18 12:58:48 -0500
I have no idea why Trump would want to talk to The Clown Prince anyway. These CJFE clowns probably did Trump a favor.
commented 2018-01-18 12:41:35 -0500
“Wonder what kind of nuts are running this organization…”

Here you are, METTE.
http://www.cjfe.org/our-board

If you wish to contact them and tell them what a joke they are (as I have just done): http://www.cjfe.org/contact-us

“In the wake of your silly attempt to ban Trump from entering Canada, I have this to say. What a bunch of silly, partisan hacks you are. It is laughable that you would promote yourselves as having anything to do with free expression.”
commented 2018-01-18 12:21:44 -0500
As I’ve always said: Our biggest enemy is the modern day liberalism. It is the enemy from within.

Great piece Sheila. You have bigger gonads than most men I know.
commented 2018-01-18 11:14:44 -0500
Wonder what kind of nuts are running this organization, or rather who has infiltrated them?

Good show, Sheila!
commented 2018-01-18 10:48:45 -0500
SHEILA, that word you used says it all ( rilly) , most millennials I know think history didn’t start until after they were born
commented 2018-01-18 10:08:10 -0500
Great show SHEILA GUNN REID. That was bordering on…glorious! Give ‘em one for me.
But…
Then I read the comments…
I for one would like to know WTF’s going on at THEREBEL!
…and an even bigger BUT
I would also like to say, we absolutely cannot afford to lose THEREBEL!
Especially right now when all this fascist, Globalist BS is going down in Canada!
commented 2018-01-18 07:50:32 -0500
Ezra

I recommend you read and take to heart Canadian Mongrel’s comments.
commented 2018-01-18 03:16:32 -0500
The CJFE’s tap-dancing seems to reflect that many of their members would have been happy to work in the doublespeak world of Izvestia and Pravda?…
commented 2018-01-18 02:19:51 -0500
I hope they get the chance to enjoy censorship in the future, it would serve them right.
commented 2018-01-17 21:47:26 -0500
Journalists? More like a leftist propagandist / journalistic version of the keystone kops.
commented 2018-01-17 20:55:17 -0500
Thanks Peter, I have always sincerely respected your commentary as a down to earth worker. However, I disagree with you on this.

I can obtain up to date commentary about American politics from American sites closer to the story. To have a right wing Canadian site’s coverage about America is no more informative than CBC coverage or BBC coverage.

However, the quality Canadian coverage we had was amazing. Yet, we have apparently lost Christopher and our B/C coverage during a politically weak government; the Alberta coverage is weakened due to Holly’s loss and Ms. G-R having to pick up most of the National coverage; Ontario is to have a general election, which is important to Canada, but minimal coverage; and Quebec is to have an election also, with the CAQ possibly gaining power but only minimal periodic coverage by Eric. To be fair, Ontario is getting some coverage regarding the election through Mr. Menzies and the reporter for everything, Ms. G-R. Right wing Canadian views of Canadian News is what I enjoyed.

But maybe Levant is considering his options in light of anti-free speech laws, and a jump to the States is one. Maybe to CRTV, which has a couple of Canadian expats. I don’t blame him if he is.

You are correct, that if I am unsatisfied now, I should unsubscribe and have done so.

Again, I always enjoyed your solid comments.
commented 2018-01-17 20:32:36 -0500
I doubt very much that Trump would want to visit Canada, it would involve having conversations with Trudeau. The mind Boggles. Dur Er Um Ah.

He has also declined visiting the UK and it should be noted that he is entitled to UK Citizenship, his Parents being Scottish, But the reason for him not visiting the UK is because of the number of Terrorist that are there, said to be in the thousands. He would have to be transported around in a Armored Car. Hard to be a Right Wing President, when Marxism is rampant and the UK Prime Minister is a Globalist.
commented 2018-01-17 20:15:29 -0500
Trump, authoritarian!? I nearly spewed my pop when I heard that. This is the President that for every regulation he has brought in has got rid of 25 of them. What losers. They must love FNN.
commented 2018-01-17 19:38:09 -0500
Excellent commentary Sheila.
CJFE really stepped in it….full marxist ideology on display and I’m sure they were shocked to learn they didn’t have the backing of journalists in Canada.

Bill Smith, thanks for posting the info re: IFEX. Seems to me CJFE is a front group.
commented 2018-01-17 19:12:49 -0500
Journalists last about as long as disposable dippers.
commented 2018-01-17 19:09:19 -0500
Canadian Mongrel, I have noticed that for some time you have been increasingly dissatisfied with The Rebel.

One possibility why The Rebel is including more American content could be because there are not that many right wing Canadian journalist willing to be seen working with The Rebel because of the negative narrative the main stream media is creating about The Rebel.

I miss Faith and some of the earlier people as well

But I suggest (and it is only a suggestion) that if you do not want the leave The Rebel even though you are dissatisfied but would rather try to change it back to what it was, posting negative comments here will only undermine The Rebel and ultimately be self-defeating. My recommendation is that you take your comments directly to Ezra.

If Ezra does not listen to you then he is not as in touch with his viewer base as he says he is and then deserves to lose your support.
commented 2018-01-17 19:00:55 -0500
Well said, Sheila. Great piece.
commented 2018-01-17 18:38:46 -0500
… Modern day “journalists” are just desperate, desperate puppets hoping to please their corrupt owners.
… What is true and good means nothing to them. Their only agenda is getting attention for themselves and another paycheque, because they know that they have become as disposable as diapers.
… They are our society’s greatest whores.
commented 2018-01-17 18:37:45 -0500
Thanks for a Canadian story which only Ms. G-R can cover well as the last Rebel standing from its root beginning.

Yes. This battle against CJFE was won. But it was an insurgent battle against a lost war, so how permanent is the win?
commented 2018-01-17 18:34:01 -0500
BTW…. CJFE is a member of IFEX, and obligated to operate under the by-laws of IFEX. And who controls IFEX?
IFEX council consists of:
IFEX Council members for 2017-2019 are:

IFEX Convenor: Roula Mikhael – Maharat Foundation, Lebanon
Deputy IFEX Convenor: Owais Aslam Ali – Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), Pakistan
Treasurer: Omar Rábago Vital – Centro Nacional de Comunicacion Social (CENCOS), Mexico
Gilbert Sendugwa, Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), Uganda
Ioana Avadani – Centre for Independent Journalism – Romania (CIJ-Romania)
Jillian York – Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Jodie Ginsberg – Index on Censorship
Nedal Al Salman, Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Bahrain
Karin D. Karlekar – Pen American Centre, United States
Bulbul Ahsan – MediaWatch, Bangladesh
Berna Akkizal, Initiative for Freedom of Expression, Turkey
Pedro Vaca, La Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP), Colombia
Paula Martins, ARTICLE 19

The IFEX Secretariat

The IFEX Secretariat, based in Toronto, Canada, runs the day to day operations of the network.
commented 2018-01-17 18:28:59 -0500
Press freedom is fine… and common sense would dictate that if the press was free, they would report roughly the same as public sentiments… roughly 50/50 both negative and positive towards the left and right…. However, the press is notoriously biased in favour of the left. In the US, it’s roughly 90% anti-Trump.
Considering this, it would be fair to say that the press is not free. It’s NOT that the right is censoring them, it’s that the left if controlling or influencing them or that they do not tolerate a diversity of opinions.
In other words, not an inflicted lack of freedom, but rather, a self-imposed lack of freedom.
commented 2018-01-17 18:26:58 -0500
Press freedom is fine… and common sense would dictate that if the press was free, they would report roughly the same as public sentiments… roughly 50/50 both negative and positive towards the left and right…. However, the press is notoriously biased in favour of the left. In the US, it’s roughly 90% anti-Trump.
Considering this, it would be fair to say that the press is not free. It’s NOT that the right is censoring them, it’s that the left if controlling or influencing them or that they do not tolerate a diversity of opinions.
In other words, not an inflicted lack of freedom, but rather, a self-imposed lack of freedom.