Policing the borders means policing Canadian journalism?

By David P. Ball, rabble.ca, 20 July 2011

Yesterday, after I was accredited with an official press badge and info packet at a "public consultation" event with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, I felt comfortable, and spent almost an hour inside chatting to fellow reporters awaiting his speech. Unceremoniously, I was suddenly -- and sternly -- ordered to leave by police from behind the official media table, moments before the minister spoke.

Although this deeply concerns me as a journalist (reminding me of Stephen Harper's "five questions" limit on reporters during the federal election campaign), as someone who has reported on refugee rights and migration issues, it seems indicative of the increasingly hostile and draconian climate towards migrants in Canada, a climate which should concern all of us.


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