It was disturbing to hear that a couple of Quebec journalists were harassed and intimidated by authorities, apparently because of their investigative, in- depth reporting of questionable government spending.
It was even more troubling to hear Presidential candidate Donald Trump suggest that , if he becomes President, he’ll attempt to enact restrictions on the freedom of the press.
Given Trump’s refusal to be forthcoming with any pertinent information about his personal finances or his policies for that matter, maybe his problem with freedom of the press is no real surprise.
It’s hard to believe though, that some Americans would embrace a candidate who espouses such dictatorial ideas, and alarming that journalists would be subjected to intimidation for the ‘crime’ of seeking the truth and expressing contrary opinions.
Our democratic system allows and encourages differing points of view and we are free to digest those facts and those opinions and accept or reject them.
People like Trump, who favour restricting what the media can and cannot say and do, are taking us down a road of Orwellian state-controlled information, and punishment for those who seek the truth.
Our leaders should be champions of freedom of expression and transparency , something that seems to be lost on Donald Trump and his ilk .