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Canada support for reporter

 The Canadian government said yesterday it viewed with great concern stories on the death threats against a local investigative journalist. 

The journalist being referred to is TV6’s Mark Bassant who has gone into hiding.

Following is the statement issued by the Canadian High Commission in Port of Spain:

“The High Commission of Canada and by extension the government of Canada view with great concern stories in the media of Trinidad and Tobago about death threats against a local investigative journalist. 

“An open, democratic, transparent and accountable society is one where all citizens and media can express themselves freely, no matter their position on public issues. 

“The Government of Canada, as part of its Strategy of Engagement in the Americas, continues to advocate for the protection of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

“The media must be free to act as the voice of the people, the watchdog of democratic principles and the advocate of free and fair reporting. 

“Canada condemns this and all attacks on the media fraternity. We will continue to work with our local partners to support the efforts of all Trinidad and Tobago citizens who struggle to maintain a media environment free of censorship, intimidation and interference.”

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