Tory MP Wants To Jail Journalists; May Also Be An Idiot
Sometimes certain people display such a profound misunderstanding of democracy, it's a little disturbing.
When that person is a Member of Parliament, it becomes downright terrifying.
Conservative MP for Okanagan-Shuswap, Colin Mayes has advocated jailing journalists
who write 'distorted' or 'inaccurate' articles. “Maybe it is time that we hauled off in handcuffs reporters that fabricate stories, or twist information and even falsely accuse citizens,” he said. If you listen carefully, you can actually hear his brain collapsing under the weight of its own stupidity.
Let's be clear on what Mr. Mayes is advocating. If we start locking up journalists for bad reporting, somebody will have to decide what constitutes 'distorted' news. If Mayes gets his way, the government will be making the call. Did you see that? George Orwell started spinning in his grave so fast, his coffin is now somewhere over the North Atlantic.
Journalism is not a profession in the conventional sense. It is the exercise, by occupation, of every citizen's right to freedom of expression
. So really, what Mayes wants to lock up citizens for expressing opinions and stories he doesn't agree with. Has he even read the Charter? I mean, I know he's in the Conservative Party, and the constitution isn't exactly required reading over there. But he's been around for a while. He must have picked something up about inalienable human freedoms.
For all his proto-fascist bluster, Mr Mayes is not optimistic about the success of his plan. As he told the Globe, it will never happen “because the media would cry ‘censorship' and ‘authoritarian state'".
No Kidding, Sherlock. And I bet it won't be just the media, either. But I'll let the last word here go to the Vernon Daily Courier's editor David Wylie:“If members of his government are trying not to paint themselves as extremists or fanatics, this is not the way to go about doing it.”
UPDATE: Mayes retracts his statements "without reservation"
. Apparently he does, in fact, respect the freedom of the press. Guess you got an angry phone call from Steven, eh Colin?