2022
2021
9 Physical attacks in 2022
5 Denials of access in 2022
17 Intimidation/ harassment in 2022
5 Chilling statements in 2022
13 Chilling statements in 2021
6 Physical attacks in 2021
23 Denials of access in 2021
6 Arrests in 2021

INCIDENTS

Other

CBC closes Beijing bureau after Chinese government refuses journalist visa

CBC/Radio-Canada closed its Beijing bureau after the Chinese government refused to provide a journalist visa for the broadcaster’s new China correspondent. 

Other

Russia bans more Canadian media workers from the country, following prior sanctions

Media workers were among 62 Canadians sanctioned by the Russian government and banned indefinitely from entering the country. 

Physical attack

CTV staff attacked outside convoy protest organizer’s bail hearing

A CTV camera operator and CTV journalist Glen McGregor were shoved in a scrum outside a bail hearing in Ottawa for convoy protest organizer Tamara Lich.

Physical attack

CTV staff attacked outside convoy protest organizer’s bail hearing

CTV journalist Glen McGregor and a CTV camera operator were shoved in a scrum outside a bail hearing in Ottawa for convoy protest organizer Tamara Lich.

Denial of access

Montreal police refuse to answer questions from The Rover

A Montreal police media relations officer refused to answer an emailed request from journalist Christopher Curtis, because the officer didn’t consider his outlet The Rover to be a “professional” media organization. 

Chilling statement

MP Pierre Poilievre posts tweet calling Global News a “Liberal mouthpiece” 

Pierre Poilievre, then a federal Conservative Party leadership candidate, tweeted a statement describing Global News as a “Liberal mouthpiece,” in response to questions from Global News journalist Rachel Gilmore. 

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