REGINA — The Saskatchewan Party says a candidate has resigned over social media posts.
Party communications director Jim Billington said in a statement Saturday afternoon that “the content and views” Saskatoon Eastview candidate Daryl Cooper “interacted with on social media” were “concerning.”
Billington also said they were “not representative of the values of the Saskatchewan Party,” its leader or its members.
Party Leader Scott Moe told a campaign stop in Prince Albert Saturday morning they were made aware of the posts Friday and were looking at the situation closely, although Moe said he wasn’t familiar with the nature of the content.
Cooper’s official Saskatchewan Party Twitter and Facebook accounts have now been deleted, and he declined comment when reached on Saturday.
PressProgress reported Friday that Cooper’s social media accounts had expressed support online for conspiracy theories about the origin of COVID-19 and that his account clicked “like” on posts that support QAnon — a wide-ranging unfounded conspiracy that many prominent people, such as the U.S. Democrats are involved in a Satanic pedophile ring.
“This is concerning. I would say that first and foremost,” Moe said Saturday.
“As it turns out many of the posts that we’re discussing here today were made after this particular candidate was chosen as a Saskatchewan Party candidate.”
PressProgress also said that a separate post on Cooper’s account from May listed different conspiratorial theories around the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a connection to 5G technology and “Galactic Cosmic Rays.”
Cooper was acclaimed last June to run for the party in Saskatoon Eastview for the Oct.26 vote after retiring from a nearly 40-year career in finance.
The Saskatchewan Party previously held the seat, but it became vacant after former legislative member Corey Tochor was successful in his run to become a Conservative MP in the 2019 federal election.
Billington said a new candidate would be named in the coming days.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2020.
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Canada and Botswana to co-host 2nd media freedom global conference – Radio Canada International – English Section
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney attend a news conference on media freedom as part of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Dinard, France, Apr. 5, 2019. (Stephane Mahe/REUTERS)
Canada and Botswana are joining forces to co-host the second edition of Global Conference for Media Freedom, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced Monday.
The online conference is expected to take place on Nov. 16 and will bring together representatives of traditional and digital media, civil society and various governments, Champagne said.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will deliver the keynote address at the conference.
Former president of the United Kingdom Supreme Court Lord David Neuberger and noted human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will co-chair a high-level panel of legal experts on media freedom, officials at Global Affairs Canada said.
“A vibrant and free media is essential to democracy and human rights,” Champagne said in a statement. “During this critical time, we must stand together to protect the freedom of media workers who pursue necessary truths, within and beyond our own borders.”
Canada and the U.K. co-hosted the first Global Conference for Media Freedom in London in July 2019.
Since 2015, Canada has invested $18.2 million in programs supporting the media and the free flow of information, according to Global Affairs Canada.
Canada ranks 16th on the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), while Botswana is in the 39th place among the 180 countries represented in the index.
This 2020 edition of the Index suggests that the next ten years will be pivotal for press freedom because of converging crises affecting the future of journalism.
The index singles out five critical areas for the future of journalism in the next decade:
- a geopolitical crisis (due to the aggressiveness of authoritarian regimes)
- a technological crisis (due to a lack of democratic guarantees)
- a democratic crisis (due to polarisation and repressive policies)
- a crisis of trust (due to suspicion and even hatred of the media)
- an economic crisis (impoverishing quality journalism)
“We are entering a decisive decade for journalism linked to crises that affect its future,” RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire said in a statement.
“The coronavirus pandemic illustrates the negative factors threatening the right to reliable information, and is itself an exacerbating factor. What will freedom of information, pluralism and reliability look like in 2030? The answer to that question is being determined today.”
China retaliates against news media in latest feud with US – The Battlefords News-Optimist
BEIJING — China has ordered six U.S.-based news media to file detailed information about their operations in China the latest volley in a monthslong battle with the Trump administration.
A foreign ministry statement issued late Monday demanded that the bureaus of ABC, The Los Angeles Times, Minnesota Public Radio, the Bureau of National Affairs, Newsweek and Feature Story News declare information about their staff, finances, operations and real estate in China within seven days.
The announcement came five days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said six Chinese media would have to register as foreign missions, which requires them to file similar information with the U.S. government.
The six were the third group of Chinese media required to do so this year. Each time, China has responded by forcing a similar number of U.S. media to file about their operations.
The ministry statement said China was compelled to take the step “in response to the unreasonable oppression the Chinese media organizations experience in the United States.”
Pompeo, in making his announcement, said the targeted Chinese media are state-owned or controlled, and that the U.S. wants to ensure that “consumers of information can differentiate between news written by a free press and propaganda distributed by the Chinese Communist Party.”
The media is one of several areas of growing tension between the two countries as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China over trade, technology, defence and human rights.
The U.S. ordered the closing of the Chinese consulate in Houston earlier this year, and China responded by shuttering the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
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