MP Cheryl Gallant told to be quiet by 'free speech' activists


A group called Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is trying to censor an elected official, a long time Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The CJFE is a group that says nice things like "CJFE monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad", but when it comes to a different opinion than their's, freedom of expression doesn't seem to matter anymore.

What's the charge? The MP apparently used the word 'Fake News'. That's right, they, who claim to be for free speech are trying to stop Cheryl from speaking. Hmm.... typical liberal so called 'free speech' group.

CJFE had put this up on their website:
CJFE condemns Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Member of Parliament (MP) Cheryl Gallant’s use of the terms ‘fake news,’ ‘elite-stream media’ and ‘media-splaining’ to denounce Canadian media in a July 10 video posted on Facebook. In the video, she hosts a “news” broadcast for a fictional network Gallant Night News (GNN), claiming the broadcast is “live from Parliament.” The graphics and screen text are obviously intended as a parody of the US-based CNN.

She was critical of the coverage of Omar Khadr these last few weeks and in doing so on her broadcast, she jokingly mocked the mainstream media using satire. But, CJFE took offence to her taking a jab at the Canadian news media calling them 'Fake News'.

They even went as far as to write a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons to ask him to do something about Cheryl. In the letter, they compared her to the Nazis and the Egyptian dictators, and they want her to denounce her videos, take back her comments and apologise.

CJFE calls on Ms Gallant to acknowledge the pressing risk her statements make to Canadian democracy and to apologise to Canadians for her unabashed attack on democratic foundations.
We further call on the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Geoff Regan, to review Ms Gallant’s purported use of her parliamentary office to produce this independent media endeavour as well as to work with the relevant bodies to determine whether funding for the production was procured in accordance with parliamentary ethics procedures.
Finally, CJFE calls for the term ‘fake news’ to be added to the officially recognised list of unparliamentary language contained in Beauchesne’s Parliamentary Rules and Forms.

You can't bend the rules whenever you want, free speech for all or none. 
But, preferably all.

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