Journalism: Canada proposes licensing news providers

Journalism: Canada proposes licensing news providers

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Try defining “news” – seriously, go ahead, give this some thought and see if you can come up with a definition of “news”:

One of the report’s proposals, drafted by former telecommunications executive Janet Yale, specifically suggests requiring all companies that deliver “audio, audiovisual, and alphanumeric news content” to Canadians be regulated by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) or another body, through a licence or registration.

Source: Licensing for media companies in Canada would likely be proportionate: Heritage minister | CTV News

What could possibly go wrong with the government licensing who can disseminate “news”?

The Canadian government also proposes regulating “foreign” streaming services and charging taxes and fees on streaming.

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