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Quebec's self-proclaimed Minister of Propaganda says "unlicensed" journalists should be "controlled"...
It's the kind of thing you would expect in Nazi Germany or in a bad parody of the timeless George Orwell classic 1984, NOT what you would expect to come from the mouth of someone who claims to represent the people in an [allegedly] democratic society.
"Journalism should be left to the professionals."
That's the statement made by Quebec's Minister of Culture and Communications Christine St. Pierre, or what I will from here out call the Minister of Propaganda, since that's essentially what she's advocating.
Christine St. Pierre says that all journalists should be licensed by the government.
Those pesky citizen bloggers need to be controlled... all that peddling the unreported truth to the masses has simply GOT to STOP!
Christine St. Pierre, Quebec's Minister of Propaganda, is the very same minister who is responsible for enforcing Quebec's censorship bill, Bill 101. That's the set of laws that makes it illegal to have a sign where the English words are bigger than the French words, among many other asinine notions.
There is a reason why governments want control over the printing presses, and why they despise the internet so much.
By controlling the printing presses, they control what the people know. The less the people know, the more government can do as it pleases with no accountability.
The advent of the web log or Blog as it's now commonly known, is that anyone and everyone can become a journalist for free. If they want to really go high-end, that costs well under a hundred bucks a year... the cost of a domain name and web hosting package.
More and more often, the news stories that affect us are broken NOT by mainstream reporters, but by bloggers getting the word out on the Internet to anyone willing to read about it.
It wasn't the mainstream media that brought the [alleged] corruption and conflict of interest scandal to light in Vancouver Island's Union Bay, for example, it was a lone 60-year-old blogger named Mary Reynolds.
Only AFTER Ms. Reynolds was sued for daring to write the truth as she saw fit did the mainstream media take notice of her plight, and even then they basically just whitewashed the ongoing improprieties of the Union Bay Improvement District's board of directors.
So I find it no surprise that Quebec's Minister of Propaganda wants to license journalists, as Ezra Levant says, "as if journalists are doctors or something."
We journalists are NOT doctors, lawyers or airline pilots. We are simply people who are committed to getting to the bottom of things, of expressing our opinions on those facts, and telling anyone and everyone who will listen what's been going on and why they should care.
You don't need a license for that. You don't need government permission for that. You certainly don't need some Minister of Propaganda telling you what you can and cannot write about or she will revoke your license!
The notion is beyond absurd, which is why Christine St. Pierre will probably get her way in Quebec. Politicians routinely support ideas that have no basis in fact and are an affront to basic common sense.
Naturally, Ms. St. Pierre would hand-pick who would receive their "license", and thereby reward them with "better access to government sources."
That's not journalism, that's propaganda. When what I write is dependent upon meeting some mindless government bureaucrat's set of rules, I might as well take a sledgehammer to my keyboard.
If what I write is based upon my acceptance of a government license, then I will have sold my journalistic integrity, along with my soul, to the devil called Government.
That's simply not going to happen.
I'll host my blog somewhere the Canadian government has no control before I'll submit to that kind of nonsense.
Iceland, maybe. They've been making a lot of waves in recent years about becoming a Freedom of Speech haven for world journalists.
As Ezra Levant said during a recent edition of his acclaimed show The Source,
So much for the ancient French promise of liberte, egalite and fraternite -- liberty, equality and fraternity. Bill 101 limits speech liberty, it violates equality by forcing English speakers to be second class, and it harms fraternity among different ethnic groups.
If there's one thing I love about Ezra Levant, it's that his three-year journey through hell with the Alberta Human Rights Commission clearly taught him a lesson.
Say what you mean, precisely what you mean, censors be damned.
Ezra was a good writer before the fiasco that bankrupted his magazine, The Western Standard, but he's become an excellent one in the years since.
Long Live Freedom of the Unlicensed Press!