Canadian Green leader protests detention of Amy Goodman, an American journalist

Amy Goodman is the co-host and producer of Democracy Now!, which originated out of WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City, and is now a part of the wider, Pacifica Radio community. Amy Goodman is notable as a journalist who has been willing to interview independent and third party candidates such as Ralph Nader.

from Green Party Watch
Canadian Green leader protests detention of American journalist
December 4, 2009

From the Western Standard Shotgun blog:

Reports of the detention of an American journalist trying to cross into Canada for a speaking engagement have prompted outrage within the Green Party of Canada. Amy Goodman was kept at a British Columbia border crossing for over an hour, apparently because officials wanted to be sure she wasn’t coming to Canada to make negative comments about the Olympics.

“Are we turning into a police state?” wondered Green Leader Elizabeth May on hearing the report. “Canada is a free and democratic nation with a Charter of Rights and Freedoms protecting free speech. Why are our border guards being so overzealous concerning what visitors will speak about while they are here?”

“This incident raises concerns about the ongoing erosion of rights that needs to be addressed by the opposition parties,” said Jared Giesbrecht, Green Party Justice Critic. “Canadians’ value freedom of speech as a fundamental right. The Canadian Border Services Agency should be monitored by independent oversight mechanisms to ensure Canadian values are fully reflected in its operation.”

Ms. Goodman was planning to speak about American health care reform and to promote her new book, Breaking the Sound Barrier. Border guards eventually allowed her into Canada but only with a requirement that she leave within 48 hours.

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