Canadian legal group warns Trudeau: Respect freedom of the press

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OTTAWA, June 5, 2020 (Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms) — The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( has issued a warning to Prime Minister Trudeau that excluding alternative media from his press conferences is a violation of the Charter-protected “freedom of the press and other media of communication,” as set out in section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The letter is a response to the Prime Minister’s staff denying access to Canadian journalist Keean Bexte of Rebel News to attend a press conference at Rideau Cottage on May 27, 2020. While other journalists were admitted to the press scrum and allowed to ask Mr. Trudeau questions, Mr. Bexte was manhandled by security and physically removed from the grounds.