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Editorial: I Was Fired for Criticizing Israel. Jody Wilson-Raybould Just Hinted Why. PDF Print E-mail
Mar 05, 2019 at 12:00 AM

... I have personal experience that reinforces this. One year ago, in March 2018, I was employed at a press freedom organization, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). The organization’s mandate is to assist journalists under threat at home and abroad and to monitor, report on and defend press freedom. During my time we had issued statements condemning press freedom violations in countries like Iran, Turkey and China. Frequently, these statements also included calls to action directed to Canadian federal politicians.

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Powerful individuals employed by the state broadcaster in a purportedly democratic country objected to a true and justified statement of advocacy directed to federal politicians by staff at an independent nongovernmental organization which was well within that organization’s mandate. Those powerful individuals used their influence and status as public employees to destroy the organization which produced the statement and push the staff members who wrote and vetted that statement into unemployment. Briarpatch magazine listed this as the top  incidence from 2018 in which “Canadian journalists serve(d) the ruling class

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