One of the most respected political journalists in North America, Helen Thomas, will be the first guest speaker Wednesday afternoon and evening. She will be reading from her new book and later leading a discussion about the continuing relevance of journalism.
Ms. Thomas is no stranger to Canada. During a recent promotional tour for her book, she came to CBC’s morning public affairs program The Current.
Like the American White House Press Corps, the Canadian parliamentary press gallery is facing a deliberate effort by the Prime Minister and his officials to control, and even restrict, reporters. Ms. Thomas was quick to wade into the controversy, leanding her vocal support to the efforts by journalists not to submit to efforts to restrict questioning or hand over control to governnment officials.
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