May 3rd, 2023
NDP Statement on World Press Freedom Day
Canada’s NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, issued the following statement:
“Today, on World Freedom Press Day, we recognize and celebrate the significant work journalists and the media do to create a more free and open society. The press plays an important role in holding those in power accountable, providing information to Canadians and building a more democratic country.
This year’s theme of “Shaping a Future of Rights,” highlighting the role freedom of expression plays in protecting all other human rights, is, now more than ever, critical as Canadian media continues to be threatened. While Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre fundraises off on attacks on Canada’s public broadcaster, across the country, journalists are being let go, and local newspapers are closing. Canada’s media must be preserved, especially our public broadcaster who does the hard work of uplifting underrepresented voices and providing news to rural communities.
New Democrats will keep fighting for journalism. We will continue our work to ensure news outlets get paid fairly for their content and that journalists can continue doing their jobs safely.
Today, and every day, let’s thank our media, who work tirelessly to provide robust debate and timely news that keeps Canadians safe. Let’s acknowledge all they do to uphold freedom of expression and protect our democracy.”