Last week we saw the Parliamentary Press Gallery officially boycott reporting on PM Stephen Harper’s speech to the Conservative caucus because cameras were only allowed inside the room yet after two incidents of assaults, threats and intimidation of reporters by New Brunswick native protesters, they have not said a word.
The first incident from 6 days ago when 3 media organizations were confronted by protesters and 2 of their vehicles hijacked was completely played-down by the Media Party (see here) and the other from today where a Sun News reporter was assaulted (watch video here) has been totally ignored.
The silence from the Ottawa Press Gallery to these threats, intimidation and assaults on reporters should send a chilling message to the rest of the journalists that they shouldn’t expect any back-up if it happens to them and it has now been declared open-season on their profession.
I’ve asked the Press Gallery’s executive committee to comment why they have not publicly condemned this violence and sent an official complaint to the RCMP, Elsipogtog First Nation and Assembly of First Nations to help protect their members.
I will update if I receive a response.