Terry Glavin: Beijing’s Canadian puppets

As a Canadian journalist working in Canada, Yuli Hu didn’t expect the sort of indignity she was forced to endure last weekend, after travelling from Toronto to Montreal to cover the triennial proceedings of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the agency representing 191 UN member states that sets worldwide airline safety standards. Hu had already registered with the ICAO and had been advised to pick up her media accreditation at the organization’s Montreal headquarters. But when she arrived, she was pulled aside and told she had to leave because her media credentials were issued by Taiwan’s state-owned Central News Agency.

“I told them I was Canadian. I brought my passport, as was required,” Hu told me. “I don’t think it was right for them to reject me.” Neither does the Committee to Protect Journalists, and neither does Reporters Without Borders, two prominent international press freedom organizations that have protested the ICAO’s conduct. There was not a peep of protest out of the Liberal government in Ottawa, though.

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