Shut Down Ontario News Now
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Doug Ford and his team have created a partisan news media outlet that is funded by taxpayer dollars.
True journalism has the responsibility of presenting unbiased facts to the public, remaining both highly critical and ethically conscientious of events that have transpired.
Although other Canadian news broadcasts may receive some government funding, they must abide by CRTC guidelines. Because of the online delivery of ONN content through social media, there is absolutely no content oversight from a Canadian regulatory body whatsoever.
Ontario News Now fits the description of propaganda: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
If renamed Ontario PC News or Doug Ford News, this reporting outlet would not be misleading when presenting biased information. Thus, this use of government funding is in violation of Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by providing unusual treatment to Ontario residents and Canadian citizens alike, veiled as real news with no objective criticism or authentic reporting. This unabashed dictatorship-like action undermines the right of Ontarians to a democratic government and balanced news.
We also aim to have Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and all other platforms that ONN shares its content on to recognize that government propaganda is in clear violation of social media policy and guidelines, and thus they should exercise their authority to shut down ONN.
By signing this petition, you are demanding that the Federal Government of Canada disallows the funding and operation of Ontario News Now.
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