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Prime Minister Trudeau Affirms Commitment to Press Freedom on World Press Freedom Day

Ottawa, Ontario – In commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a resolute statement affirming Canada’s commitment to upholding press freedom as a cornerstone of democracy. Speaking from Ottawa, Ontario, Trudeau lauded journalists as the linchpin of democracy, championing their role in seeking truth, fostering accountability, and sharing vital narratives.

Highlighting the significance of press freedom enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau announced new measures to bolster the media landscape. In Budget 2024, the government unveiled additional funding to extend the Local Journalism Initiative, aimed at supporting independent, reliable, and diverse local journalism nationwide. Moreover, investments are earmarked for reinforcing the capacity of national public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada to provide high-quality, independent journalism in both official languages.

Trudeau underscored the escalating threats faced by journalists globally, from violence to censorship, emphasizing Canada’s unwavering stance in defending media freedom. The Prime Minister condemned such attacks and reiterated the imperative of safeguarding journalists’ ability to work without intimidation or coercion.

As Canada celebrates the critical role of journalists in fostering a free and democratic society, Trudeau urged continued support for the profession, affirming that telling essential stories remains paramount for the nation’s future generations.


In his statement, Prime Minister Trudeau eloquently underscores the indispensable role of journalists in upholding democratic values and amplifying voices across communities. The commitment to fortify press freedom through tangible initiatives, such as increased funding for local journalism and support for public broadcasters, reflects a commendable dedication to fostering a robust media landscape.

Trudeau’s condemnation of threats against journalists worldwide resonates deeply in an era where press freedoms face unprecedented challenges. By championing the protection of journalists from intimidation and violence, Canada reaffirms its commitment to being a global advocate for media freedom.

As we mark World Press Freedom Day, it’s imperative for citizens to recognize the vital role journalists play in holding power accountable and shaping public discourse. Trudeau’s call for continued support for journalism underscores the shared responsibility in safeguarding press freedom for present and future generations.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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