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Canadian Journalists for Free Expression campaigns against free expression – of course

PR just received: (Toronto, ON – June 19, 2017)  On June 17, 2017, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) attended a rally by far-right media group The Rebel. At the event, dubbed ‘The Rebel Live’, CJFE contracted a video billboard truck owned by outdoor marketing company Wild On Media and displayed a video advertisement in support of CJFE’s latest campaign. This campaign seeks to challenge public assumptions about human rights in Canada.  The ad campaign is part of a crowdfunding and public awareness initiative run by CJFE to defend democracy and challenge hate, based at cjfe.org/democracy.

The advertisements feature section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Arabic accompanied by the English-language message, “These Rights Belong to All of Us.” Section 2 enshrines the rights to freedom of expression, press, religion and association.  The concept for the advertisement is borrowed from a high-profile billboard campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union designed by New York-based agency Emergence Creative.

CJFE is striving to raise awareness about the rise in prominence of anti-democratic hate groups in Canada and the increased use of ‘free expression’ as a shield for overtly Islamophobic sentiment, as well as the need for civil society to challenge extreme rhetoric.  The Rebel Media has played a prominent role in the resurgence of far-right movements in Canada and around the world.

At the ‘Rebel Live’ event, there were several notable speakers from the political right, including  University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who  argued that the recently passed transgender-rights Bill C-16 represented a threat to free expression, despite this interpretation being rejected by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Bar Assocation, and others. Also featured was Rebel Media employee Gavin McInnes, the founder of far-right “fight club” the ‘Proud Boys’. In his address McInnes addressed suggestions for increased dialogue with the political left by calling on supporters of The Rebel to “stop talking to satanic retards.”

CJFE has learned that two journalists from media watchdog site Canadaland were prevented from attending by organizers. Organizers attributed this decision to past critical tweets that had fact-checked statements by The Rebel. CJFE previously published letters of support for The Rebel after the Alberta Legislature moved to bar their accreditation and after the UNFCCC barred the outlet access to the Conference of Parties climate summit in Marrakesh.

“Obviously barring media outlets because of critical coverage appears to be arbitrary and hypocritical.” said CJFE campaigner Duncan Pike, “Our activity is about improving civil discourse, challenging hateful narratives, and standing up for universal values. While The Rebel certainly has the right to use provocative or inflammatory language, we also have a responsibility to challenge bad ideas that dehumanize marginalized groups. Our democratic rights belong to everyone.”

The CJFE campaign is running on billboards in Toronto’s transit system for the next five weeks.  CJFE indicates a desire to use funds raised through the advertising campaign to expand it to other locations and transit systems, including the Peel Region, where far right groups have announced plans to conduct weekly protests outside of public high-schools. These groups are opposed to accommodations the Peel School Board has made for Muslim prayers in public schools.

This should come as no surprise. I noticed the van in the parking lot but there was just too much going on inside the building to bother with it. As noted earlier, dying mainstream media have no stake in freedom of expression, but rather in getting progressive governments to adopt them as PR and then suppressing alternative points of view.

A couple of notes: “the increased use of ‘free expression’ as a shield for overtly Islamophobic sentiment” Does that mean negative feedback about changing the term “female genital mutilation” to “female genital beautification”? Yes, the crowd WAS negative about that.

“University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who  argued that the recently passed transgender-rights Bill C-16 represented a threat to free expression, despite this interpretation being rejected by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Bar Assocation, and others.”  Governments attempting to reshape language to suit themselves are always a threat to liberty by definition. The groups mentioned are cruising for business in a society that needs them less than ever before for the substantive issues. So if they could just get a chance to police language, they would have fat jobs forever.

“Obviously barring media outlets because of critical coverage appears to be arbitrary and hypocritical.” said CJFE campaigner Duncan Pike, “Our activity is about improving civil discourse, challenging hateful narratives, and standing up for universal values.” Unfortunately, people have been assaulted, pepper-sprayed, and shot recently by persons who would claim to be “challenging hateful narratives.” The Rebel conference gladly let in three New York Time reporters because those people probably still believe in civil society. At least for now.

“CJFE indicates a desire to use funds raised through the advertising campaign to expand it to other locations and transit systems, including the Peel Region, where far right groups have announced plans to conduct weekly protests outside of public high-schools. These groups are opposed to accommodations the Peel School Board has made for Muslim prayers in public schools.” Why should a public school board accommodate religious prayers? And the prayers of only one religion at that?  Wasn’t the answer to that decided to be no! a long time ago?

These  CJFE people probably do not know how badly they stink, how far they have strayed from any semblance of their former integrity. Shame. Shame. Shame.  And, it must be said, now sham!

See also: New York Times Sent Three Reporters To The Rebel Media’s Live 2017 Celebration

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Oh My! Canadian right-wing provocateur Gavin McInnes at forefront of street-fighting trend in U.S. political protest

As Gavin McInnes strode toward the entrance of Washington’s National Press Club in January, a black-balaclaved “anti-fascist” protester lunged toward him. “Get the f— out of here,” the picketer shouted.

The tuxedoed McInnes reacted swiftly. Spinning around, he grabbed the demonstrator’s mask and took a couple of long-range swings at the man.

The horror!

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Walrus editor Jonathan Kay quits amid free speech uproar: ‘I have been censoring myself more and more’

Adoption suspected.

“What takes priority,” Kay wrote for the National Post, “the right of artists to extend their imagination to the entire human experience, or the right of historically marginalized communities to protect themselves from possible misrepresentation? Personally, I land on the free speech side.

Barely.

There has been a raft of apologies over this latest petty outrage.

One thing is certain, it illustrates the general cowardice of our PC chattering class.

Is it any wonder they consider criticism of Islam to be the greatest sin of all?

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Dowd: Muslim Persecution In U.S. ‘Bigger Problem’ Than Christian Persecution by ISIS

Once again, ABC’s Matthew Dowd has proved that even Twitter can’t keep him from saying something so stupid in so few words. Responding to FNC’s Shannon Bream tweet announcing that she was going to be talking to Franklin Graham about the increasing persecution of Christians across the world, Dowd bitterly brought up anti-Muslim “persecution” in the United States as the real issue we should be talking about.

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Turning a Blind Eye

“After celebrating the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in April, baseball was just reminded of how far it still has to go,” claims the Huffington Post after Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones claimed people were calling him nigger. What a pile of horseshit. If a fan yelled that word from their seat at a baseball game, the only people not attacking the guy would be busy having a stroke. A quick check-in with people who were at the game confirms our suspicions. Jones is just another social justice warrior feeding off the myth that America is a racist hellhole. When the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick was all over the news last year for taking a knee during the national anthem, Jones jumped on the bandwagon, claiming he goes through similar pain because “baseball is a white man’s sport.” This got traction despite the fact that one in four pro baseball players are born outside the U.S. and a good third of all players are Hispanic.

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Journalists take US to court over Trump’s ‘kill list’

Two journalists are taking President Donald Trump to court, believing the US government has put them on a hit list due to their media work in Islamist-held territories.

Now read the details:

The pair took the government to court through the human rights group Reprieve, claiming they were both placed on a kill list during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Since then, they say Donald Trump had illegally eased rules of engagement for US forces said to be hunting down the journalists.

As if ‘journalism’ is their crime. Pure anti-Trump propaganda.

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European Conservative Parties Are Not ‘Far Right’

I keep reading in the European fakestream media that the new upsurge in conservative democratic parties in Europe all comes down to fascists and paleo-Nazis. They are not – any more than Republicans are fascists and Nazis.

Euro-conservatives sound just like you, me, and Donald Trump. They talk about freedom and democracy. They talk about tolerance for democratic parties but not for totalitarian killers. They talk about taking control of their borders again. Their college campuses have been subverted and turned upside-down, just as ours have. Their police forces often turn against normal people on behalf of murderous barbarians, just as ours are being pushed to do.

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Gulag, Western Style

“…A useful technique for anaesthetizing the individual citizen and rendering him compliant is the erasure of authentic historical knowledge. We’ve remarked the success of this approach in the U.S. with the “history from below” or “people’s history” movement, associated with Howard Zinn, and the foregrounding of a bowdlerized version of Islamic history in American schools. Canada is no different. Eric McGeer, author of Words of Valediction and Remembrance: Canadian Epitaphs of the Second World War, writes: “In my last years of high school teaching I was increasingly infuriated and disgusted at the portrayal of Canada in the history textbooks assigned for use in our courses. There was no sense of gratitude in the textbooks, no empathy with the people of the past or an attempt to see them in their own terms, no sense of the effort people made to create one of the few truly liveable societies on earth. You would have thought that this country was nothing more than a racist, bigoted, this or that-phobic hotbed. My first lesson involved taking the book and dropping it into the waste paper basket and advising the students to do the same.” (personal communication). The study of history, McGeer concludes, is nothing now but a progressive morality tale and a mechanism of social engineering. Sounds a lot like Title IX. Pride in one’s nation, its accomplishments and sacrifices, is contra-indicated. There is more than one way of burning the flag.”

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Political commentator Van Jones a sore loser

TORONTO – So this is what a sore loser looks like!

In all my years of covering this city, I’ve never heard the term “Nazi” used more than it was during an evening with American political commentator Van Jones at the Broadbent Institute’s dinner at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Tuesday night.

It rolled off his tongue like it was 1939.

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Where are the Mass Media Firings and Resignations?

I missed a few losers in my column on the big media losers of the 2016 campaign. One person told me, “Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal has totally lost all credibility with his anti-Trump rants in his weekly column right up to the very end. We used to be ardent fans of his, but no more!!!”

I agree that Stephens is a big loser. His attacks on Trump were relentless and he declared that he wanted to build a new political party to compete with Trump. Sounding like The Huffington Post, Stephens used his November 8 column to find Trump guilty of “unrelenting and apparently irrepressible bigotry, misogyny, bullying and conspiracy-mongering…”

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