Canadian Police Arrest Conservative Journalist On Trumped-Up Charge Of Assault

We have been discussing the rapid decline of free speech protections in Canada under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

A vivid example of the increasing authoritarian approach was evident this week with the arrest of David Menzies, a reporter for Canada’s conservative Rebel News Network. Menzies was attempting to interview Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland when her security clearly manufactured a criminal charge in front of cameras.

Menzies was attempting to ask Freeland about Canada’s refusal to label Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC) as a terrorist organization.

Freeland continues to walk as Menzies attempts get an answer by walking backwards.

As he stays with Freeland, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stands in his way and the result is a slight bump. The officer then immediately carries out an arrest with an eventual charge that Menzies assaulted him.

Trudeau has had a long running feud with Rebel News.

Last week, we discussed the irony of how a Russian dissident was denied Canadian citizenship due to a conviction in Russia for speaking against the Ukrainian war (from Canada). Since Canada has the same criminalization of speech laws, Maria Kartasheva was pulled from her ceremony pending further investigation into whether she is a criminal practitioner of free speech.

The arrest of Menzies raises the same comparison to the approach of governments like Putin’s to critics.

Note in the video below how the officer positions himself directly in the path of Menzies as he walks back with his back to the officer.

You can judge for yourself on what countries come to mind:

Authored by Jonathan Turley,

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