Raise your voice by casting your vote

How could I not be grateful that I have the freedom to question the practices of my government through direct contact with politicians and through the press?

Raise your voice by casting your voteI always get very excited at election time. This is the moment when we can freely choose who will represent us, the moment when we play a vital role in the direction of our government. As I read statistics on voter turnout, however, I’m confused as to why others don’t share my enthusiasm. Perhaps I…

Questioning government is fundamental to democracy

Freedom of speech, freedom of the press and academic freedom are core principles in the functioning of a democracy. Yet today those who embrace these ideals are seen as anti-American

Questioning government is fundamental to democracyJewish-American songwriter Bob Dylan tells us, “Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings.” We put democracy in peril when we equate questioning government policy with being unpatriotic or even racist. This is why the current situation in the United States is so puzzling. They actually established the international standard for good government…

Federal government challenges the independence of Canadian media

The proposal to give $595 million in federal funding over five years to Canadian media organizations comes with significant strings attached

Federal government challenges the independence of Canadian mediaMuch has been written about the federal government’s proposal to give $595 million in funding over five years to Canadian media organizations. This political strategy has been called everything from a financial life saver to a Liberal takeover/buyout of our news industry. While it’s hard to blame anyone in the media who is starving economically…

Painting a masterpiece: the art of dissent in search of truth

Freedom of expression in the arts is as fragile as freedom of the press, and it’s just as vital to human rights as freedom of thought

Painting a masterpiece: the art of dissent in search of truthUkrainian businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk said, “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” Art has been a part of the human experience as long as there have been people. It’s served many purposes, from the practical to the philosophical. Great pieces of art offer an expression of beauty and human creativity.…

Where the rule of law weakens, freedom wanes

Freedom and democracy are not stand-alone structures. For stability, they require institutional infrastructure, in particular, the rule of law and tolerance

Where the rule of law weakens, freedom wanesFor the first time in decades, basic human freedom is under attack globally. Journalists and opposition leaders are killed in Russia. China’s Communist Party stifles dissent on the mainland while threatening the rule of law in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands are arrested in Turkey on dubious grounds after a failed coup. Venezuela descends into…

Why even freak shows deserve a spotlight

Broadcasting the Alex Jones interview was the right decision. All points of view, no matter how reprehensible, must be open for debate

Why even freak shows deserve a spotlightMegyn Kelly made a big splash when she left Fox News for NBC in January. Her new show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, which debuted on June 4, has received fairly positive reviews for interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and sportscaster Erin Andrews. The upbeat reception changed in a hurry when it was announced…

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us again

Western values for westerners has a nice ring to it. Let the rest of the world make their own value choices. It sure beats neo-colonial wars in distant lands

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us againIn five short months, Donald Trump has turned the world upside down. So what kind of new world order can we expect? Trump has attacked NATO (questioning its very existence), shredded trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate change…

Solidarity against Turkey’s anti-democratic thug

We all need to speak out. At a time when mob justice is damaging intellectual enterprise, Canadian universities should be a model of inquiry and discourse

The protesters got their message out and all it cost them were a few bloody noses. The protest took place outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., on May 17. The message that got out was one we knew already: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an anti-democratic thug. Videos of the incident show Erdogan’s…

The pitfalls of policing what people say and think

To argue that writers may not write from the perspective of another culture limits the broader culture’s imagination and understanding

The pitfalls of policing what people say and thinkIt was a poorly lobbed joke that went off in Hal Niedzviecki’s hand. Last week, Niedzviecki wrote in a column for Write magazine that he was “exhausted” by the immutable whiteness of white Canadian authors. As a cure to this affliction, he proposed a contest to encourage writers to explore “the lives of people who…

Government has no right to decide who is, or isn’t, a journalist

The Notley government overstepped the boundary of a free and democratic society by attempting to ban Rebel website

Government has no right to decide who is, or isn’t, a journalist//  journalist  journalist [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/government-no-right-decide-isnt-journalist/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/freedom-of-speech/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]freedom of speech[/popup] and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/democracy/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]democracy[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. Feb 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Who decides whether a journalist is a journalist? This unenviable Pandora’s box opened its…