Press freedom on the decline

Prime Minister Trudeau has strongly advocated for a “free media” but the past year has shown this to be dead letter. While Canada guarantees freedom of the press under its 1982 constitution, circumstances faced by journalists say otherwise. Several members of the press have been under police surveillance in Quebec in an attempt to uncover internal leaks. A VICE News reporter is currently fighting a court order compelling him to hand over communications with his source to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, while another journalist for The Independent is facing up to 10 years in prison for his coverage of protests against a hydroelectric project in Labrador. Journalists in the country are not currently protected by any “shield law” and legislation like controversial Bill C-51 uses national security as an excuse to chill free speech and expression online.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



18 in 2016

Global score


15.26 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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