Police in Toronto, Canada, threatened to arrest a reporter Wednesday, Jan. 8, for calling Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani a “terrorist.”
The move came after David Menzies, a reporter with Rebel News, went to cover a vigil outside a Toronto courthouse where far-left activists were mourning the death of the terrorist killed in a bombing ordered by President Donald Trump.
Surprised to see Canadian citizens mourning a mass murderer, Menzies arrived on the scene to question protesters about their support for the terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. service members in the Middle East.
According to the Rebel News video, the interviewees reacted with some violence when Menzies asked the question.
Police officers who were supervising the protest then appeared on the scene, telling him that if he did not stop using the word “terrorist” when referring to Soleimani, he would be arrested on the charge of “inciting hatred and breaching the peace.”
Menzies asked the Toronto officer using the example of Osama bin Laden: “So I can’t call Osama bin Laden a terrorist?” Menzies asked the officer.
In the video, you can hear the officer threaten Menzies: “If I hear another word like that, you’re coming with me. You are not to use that word again here in this environment. Do you understand me?”
“It insights a breach of the peace and you will be put under arrest,” the officer insisted.
Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms lists that all Canadians have the fundamental right to freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression, including freedom of the press and other media.
However, according to Toronto police, to call a known terrorist a ‘terrorist’ is to incite hatred and violate peace.
“I wonder if these officers are working on their own accord, or are they getting orders from high above, such as the chief of police or the mayor? I always thought that going into the public square and asking questions to protesters was fair game, but evidently, I have been warned that I’m going to be arrested if I use inflammatory language,” Menzies said in the video.
According to Harbingers Daily, the federal government under Justin Trudeau has paid mainstream media over $600 million over five years, while Rebel Media has been labeled by the Canadian government and mainstream media as “white supremacists” and “anti-Semites,” despite the fact that Ezra Levant, president of Rebel News Media, is proudly Jewish.
The conservative media in Canada, as in the United States and the rest of the world, continue to suffer from the censorship, being discredited, and persecution by the progressive left, which—over the last few years—has infiltrated almost every sphere, especially culture, education, and the state.