Quebec pushing forward with controversial proposal to define “professional” journalists

Another brick in the wall towards the new, totalitarian west.

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Quebec pushing forward with controversial proposal to define “professional” journalists

In Canada, the Quebec government’s proposal to create legislation that would define who is a professional journalist is first going to have to undergo public scrutiny, reported the National Post and TheSuburban.com.

Public meetings will be held in 10 cities over six weeks, said The Mark.

Noting that the intention of the law would be to “distinguish those dedicated to ‘serving the public interest’ from ‘amateur bloggers,’” a column in the National Post called the proposal “alarming,” saying that citizen journalists should be “encouraged, not chilled.” Further, the article pointed out that the phrase “serving the public interest” was in itself disturbing, potentially deterring journalists from being critical.

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) in May convened a committee to study the proposed regulation and the broader issue of professionalization of journalists. The CAJ said it would issue an opinion on the proposal once the committee issues recommendations.

Another column in the National Post explained that the proposed regulation is based off a report from former journalist Dominique Payette who recommended that “professional” journalists be awarded certain access and privileges “in exchange for respecting certain yet-to-be-determined criteria.”

The column concluded that “Canadian media and journalists should be in full-scale revolt against this state of affairs.”

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2 Replies to “Quebec pushing forward with controversial proposal to define “professional” journalists”

  1. Amateur bloggers are the ones who are serving the public. I put in upwards of 40 hours per week gathering information and blogging, NOT counting what my fellow blog team members are doing. NONE of us get paid! WE are the ones serving the public. The “professional journalists” are, for the most part, the paid hacks, the presstitutes, the panderers to the liberal elite. They already GET preferential treatment, and they do not deserve it!

    See: John Robson and Kathy Shaidle on licensing journalists in Quebec

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