Recommendations to Strengthen Canada’s Response to the Spread of Disinformation Online
Citizens’ Assembly on Democratic ExpressionWednesday January 19, 2022
For immediate release
The Public Policy Forum is pleased that the production of independent, original journalism for Canadians will be supported by new measures announced in the government’s fall economic statement. The measures follow the spirit and some specific recommendations in PPF’s 2017 report, The Shattered Mirror, and in our subsequent work with news media publishers and unions.
The government will spend more than $600 million over five years to support reliable Canadian journalism.
PPF’s ongoing research and recommendations regarding the disruption of the Canadian news ecosystem is driven by the belief that journalism is fundamental to our democracy and healthy communities. The right of Canadians to information they can trust underpins both our work on sustaining journalism and our related research on countering misinformation and hate in the digital sphere.
“Democracy needs reporters working their beats to produce original news, so tax measures to relieve labour costs are critical in today’s disrupted news environment,” said Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. “And allowing philanthropy to fund non-profit news organizations introduces an important new source of financing for quality journalism.”
The new measures announced by the government of Canada today, along with the $50-million previously allocated to help underserved communities, address some key gaps and recommendations PPF outlined in The Shattered Mirror and in follow-up reports, Mind The Gaps: Quantifying the Decline of News Coverage in Canada and What the Saskatchewan Roughriders can Teach Canadian Journalism.
PPF’s mission is to make good policy for a better Canada and we will continue to work with government, media and labour to ensure Canadians have access to news they can trust.
Director of Communications
Executive Assistant to Mr. Greenspon
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