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Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of a free country.

A Liberal MP tweeted on World Press Freedom Day that the only “trustworthy” outlets are CBC, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star.

As if everything he doesn’t agree with is just fake news.

Canada is in 18th place on the World Press Freedom Index.

Despite this, Canada is co-hosting a press freedom summit alongside the United Kingdom (ranked even worse, in 33rd place) in London, England on July 10 and 11.

It’s paramount for True North to be there.

Not only is True North a start-up media platform, but the work we do is without the $1.3 billion the CBC gets, or the hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked for government-approved news outlets.

Our voice is an important one, but we need to be scrappy to get it heard.

I’ve asked Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office if True North can be involved in the official proceedings, and have not yet been given an answer. But even if we aren’t a part of the event, we must be there to cover it and report back on how the Canadian government plans to uphold press freedom in Canada and around the world.

It isn’t going to be cheap, but it’s nonetheless valuable.

Between flights and accommodations, not to mention other costs connected to producing live content, we’re looking at $4,500 CAD to have me cover this.

I’m asking you to help make this happen.

As I demonstrated during Ontario’s carbon tax court battle, boots on the ground are needed to get the full story.

Help me stand up for free speech.

True North is an independent, nonprofit research and educational organization. We are a charity. When you donate to us, we will issue you a tax receipt.

Sincerely,

Andrew Lawton
Fellow, True North

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