July 21, 2017

Press freedom watchdog wants MP who called Khadr coverage “Fake News” censored

Brian LilleyArchive

A group called Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is looking to censor an elected official from speaking out on matters important to her and her constituents because this group doesn’t like what she says.

That seems like a bit of a head scratcher, doesn’t it?

Until I tell you that the politician is long time Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant— loved by her constituents and hated by the media party— and the issue that set them off was that while blasting the media for their Omar Khadr coverage, she called them “Fake News”.

CJFE was so hurt by this that they wrote to the Speaker of the House of Commons to ask him to shut Cheryl down, even comparing her to Nazis and the current dictatorship in Egypt, and beyond denouncing her videos and comments, they want her to apologize.

“CJFE calls on Ms. Gallant to acknowledge the pressing risk her statements make to Canadian democracy and to apologize to Canadians for her unabashed attack on democratic foundations.”

Isn’t allowing our Parliamentarians to speak their minds without thin skinned journalists demanding apologies because they don’t like the opinion they just heard, also a democratic foundation? It is, and here’s where they want outright censorship:

“We further call on the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Geoff Regan, to review Ms. Gallant’s purported use of her parliamentary office to produce this independent media endeavor as well as to work with the relevant bodies to determine whether funding for the production was procured in accordance with parliamentary ethics procedures.

Finally, CJFE calls for the term ‘fake news’ to be added to the officially recognized list of unparliamentary language contained in Beauchesne’s Parliamentary Rules and Forms.”

Watch as I tell you a bit more about what happened and also go over CJFE’s spotty record as free expression watchdogs.

I don’t know much about them but I do know that while they did defend The Rebel a couple of times they’ve also come out in favour of M-103.

And while they seem concerned about security agencies being closed off from prying eyes, they’re not jumping up and down over a PM and PMO that shuts out journalists, in one case even threatening a Globe reporter that dared to ask the PM an unscheduled question.

I think CJFE should be more concerned about that than what an MP wants to say to her constituents.

Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, whatever you want to call it is constantly under threat from people that want to use the state to shut down views they don’t like, so we need groups that will stand up against that inclination.

What we don’t need is a group that claims to defend free expression becoming the new censors.

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commented 2017-07-28 11:29:14 -0400
It is rich when media elites (or an organization such as Canadian Journalists for Free Expression purportedly speaking on their behalf) seek to silence MP Cheryl Gallant. Do they not realize that, once unleashed, censorship can boomerang back and restrict their speech? Would it not be more appropriate to employ rational counterargument to demonstrate why coverage of Khadr is not “fake news”.

By contrast, a preference for censorship might suggest one of three things. Either the media are intellectually incapable of constructing a counterargument or they are too lazy to formulate one. Of course, it might also mean that Ms Gallant’s assertions are correct and there is no (rational) counterargument. Yet even here, the right to rebut by spouting nonsense remains preferable to the totalitarian option preferred by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

As an aside, having an informed citizenry is rendered problematic if the media, one of our major information sources, seeks restrictions on who can say what to whom. No wonder those starved for news NOT filtered through a politically correct liberal left prism turn to independent and unsubsidized internet alternatives.
Kris Larsen Halifax, NS
commented 2017-07-27 11:27:29 -0400
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Tory MP, Cheryl Gallant has run afoul of her “enlightened elitist betters” yet again. Indeed a group of snowflakes calling themselves Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are outraged that she would have the temerity to label as “fake news”, the media’s generally fawning coverage of convicted Islamist terrorist, Omar Khadr. Shame on you, Ms Gallant.

Seriously though, satire shoots through the stratosphere and irony triumphs when a group ostensibly supporting free speech urges the Speaker of the House of Commons to censor one of the people’s democratically elected representatives and have the term “fake news” ruled unparliamentary. Only in our Trudeaupian dystopia, you say.

Kris Larsen Halifax, NS
commented 2017-07-27 11:17:28 -0400
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Tory MP, Cheryl Gallant has run afoul of her “enlightened elitist betters” yet again. Indeed a group of journalists calling themselves Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are outraged that she would have the temerity to label as “fake news”, the media’s generally fawning coverage of convicted Islmist terrorist, O
commented 2017-07-23 14:05:20 -0400
I saw the word “endeavour” in the lobby group’s message. Only it was spelled “endeavor”. Not so Canadian, after all.
commented 2017-07-23 13:39:51 -0400
Anytime the left starts up one of these movements, like Net Neutrality, or “Press Freedom”. They always mean the exact opposite of the stated name. We already have laws dealing with free speech. They simply want to silence opposing views they are unable to counter with factual arguments. This is getting tiresome and boring.
commented 2017-07-22 20:43:38 -0400
Emailed both Cheryl and Andrew to say I was in support of Cheryl.
commented 2017-07-22 19:42:41 -0400
I hope she isn’t like so many of our current crop of political weenies who go fetal position at the drop of every accusation and apologize for what should never be apologized for. I hope she stands her ground and not only does not apologize but goes not the offensive with these self appointed PC hacks.
commented 2017-07-22 18:06:55 -0400
Too bad we don’t have people like Cheryl in positions of power. People who aren’t afraid of the PC bullsh#t.
commented 2017-07-22 08:42:00 -0400
Cheryl is quite likely a very good spokesperson concerning the issue of fake news. I recall shortly before the last election, a sensational story made it’s way to the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun that alleged that Cheryl marched into a retirement home in her riding to campaign there and did so without consulting with the home’s manager and disturbed and upset a few seniors living there. At the same time, some old fart in Toronto came out with the allegation that Julian Fantino assaulted him in a very inappropriate manner back in the early 1970s when Fantino was a young Toronto street police officer. The Fantino story was quickly shot down and disproved right after the election (Fantino lost his seat anyway in the big red wave that swept 416/905 country), therefore I wonder if charge about Cheryl going into that retirement home was likely for the same purpose in terms of taking her out with a last minute fake news bombshell.
commented 2017-07-22 03:30:39 -0400
Any chance of Getting Gallant onto the rebel for an interview?
commented 2017-07-21 23:23:54 -0400
Rebels, let’s e-mail Andrew Scheer to express support for Cheryl Gallant. If the speaker of the House entertains the ridiculous demands of CJFE, we need to back Cheryl and insist the Conservative Party go to the mat for her.
commented 2017-07-21 22:59:44 -0400
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are Bolsheviks which worship the head Bolshevik, TruDope & Gang of lunatics. Free to express their Marxist babble. Little do they realize their horse-shit is gonna be the cause of the next civil war. It ain’t gonna be pretty.
commented 2017-07-21 22:23:24 -0400
Canadian Mongrel…Gallant said nay to M103 also
commented 2017-07-21 22:11:40 -0400
Cheryl Gallant..Freedom Rebel.. Yes we need more of this kind of tenacity in the Conservative Party!

Scheer..Are you going to back up Gallant?
commented 2017-07-21 21:59:20 -0400
Freedom Rebel, I think you right that Scheer won’t have the balls…….
commented 2017-07-21 20:25:51 -0400
Everyday it seems Canada is becoming more like the former Soviet Union. Freedom of speech in our universities disappeared quite some time ago and now they want to shut up our politicians.
commented 2017-07-21 19:52:26 -0400
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression – doesn’t sound like this organization knows which way is up. Writing to the speaker of the House with their demands to ban words and censor Cheryl Gallant is laughable! They are pushing for a socialist press and parliament & don’t see anything amiss with their position.
I hope real journalists flood this bogus organization with reality mail pronto!
commented 2017-07-21 19:31:48 -0400
F*ck you , you commie filth. And where are the progressives whining about the charter when it came to Khadrs BS payout? Suddenly they ignore the charter and human rights like they usually do.
commented 2017-07-21 19:17:12 -0400
M308 vote I mean.
commented 2017-07-21 19:16:39 -0400
Trying to remember, was it Cheryl Gallant who stood alone for the average Canadian during the M103 vote?
commented 2017-07-21 19:14:03 -0400
Funny that the CJFE doesn’t get upset with the tweets and face book posts by Baby Doc’s Butts, or by Baby Doc himself. These do end arounds, or is that Butt arounds, of the media as well.
commented 2017-07-21 19:08:45 -0400
The CJFE is one of those ivory tower elitist media organizations determined to push the narrative as if they are the guardians of society.
I noticed a very telling quote that you skipped over (at 2:30 in the video), it says:
“There are disturbing precedents for this behavior in 1930’s Germany, Egypt’s dictatorship, and the contemporary United States”
That’s right; they compared Nazi Germany and military dictatorships with the Trump gov’t!
That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the CJFE.
commented 2017-07-21 19:07:33 -0400
BTW – the entire CPC caucus should rise in the house and denounce the years of BS we were fed about Khadr as “fake news” and name the culprits – get it on the public record – the only way a preposterous inversion of reality like apologising and paying a terrorist who sided with this nation’s enemies is through mass media propaganda obscuring facts and clouding realities.
commented 2017-07-21 18:58:15 -0400
Heh, more compulsive control freaks hiding behind an Orwellian name plate – they are partisan censors and rights oppressors posing as freedom advocates – hope they choke on their own toxic hypocrisy. Go us a favor an dox these fascist scribblers Brian – they need public ridicule.

BTW the term for what the Kanukistan MSM has become is “Lugenpresse” not fake news.
commented 2017-07-21 18:55:11 -0400
Free expression is just not for everyone but only for a selected few. The media nazi’s have spoken.