Ex-Broadcasting Chief Warns Trudeau Censorship Law Means ‘Free and Open Internet’ is Over – Clare Marie Merkowsky 10/11/23

Source: LifeSiteNews.com

Justin Trudeau’s internet censorship law is set to further restrict Canadians’ use of media.

Former Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) vice chair Peter Menzies revealed Tuesday that the CRTC’s new broadcasting regulations are set to censor podcasts for all Canadians.

“Going forward, all your favourite podcasts will be transmitted and overseen under the keen regulatory eye of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and its nine cabinet appointees,” he stated.

“Your days of enjoying a free and open internet are over,” Menzies warned.

On September 29, the CRTC announced that it laid out “its regulatory plan to modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework and ensure online streaming services make meaningful contributions to Canadian and Indigenous content.”

The CRTC was granted authority over what Canadians listen to by the Online News Act passed by the Trudeau government.

Canada’s Senate passed the Online News Act in June and it quickly became law. The new law, when fully implemented, will force social media companies to pay Canadian legacy media for news content shared on their platforms and give the CRTC the power to censor what they deem appropriate for Canadians to listen to.

Menzies further warned that the new regulations will affect all Canadians, liberal or conservative, as the CRTC has declared that podcasts qualify as broadcasting, which they now have the power to censor.

“So, thanks to all that regulatory legerdemain, platforms that distribute podcasts must now register with the CRTC so that it can decide how, in the words of Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge, to ‘best support’ podcasts,” he explained.

Menzies warned while St-Onge and CRTC chair Vicky Eatride will promise that podcasts will not be censored, that will not be the case.

“They may even honestly believe that,” he added. “If they do, they are living in a world of self-delusion and denial; virtually everything the CRTC does in terms of broadcasting dictates the terms and conditions under which those programs are allowed to exist.”…

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