We do not know citizens of other countries, we lack information on Egyptians, Romanians, and about 200 other nations in the world. We do the best we can with people we have inadequate information on. We must be more cautious.
Yet the CBC does show photos of criminals who are wanted, but not yet convicted. Foreigners are being given more consideration here and they should not be.
The Dirty 30 and CBC
The Dirty 30 and CBC’s name shame
By Brian Lilley ,Parliamentary Bureau First posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 2:00:00 EDT AM
The Harper government’s initial refusal to release the names and photos of suspected war criminals living in Canada was puzzling.
The ongoing decision of the CBC not to show the now-released names and photos is mind-boggling.
It was through stories, columns and editorials in newspapers like this one and broadcasts on Sun News Network that pressure built on
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to change his mind and release the identity of the suspects Canada wants to deport.
Bureaucrats had told Toews he couldn’t do that due to privacy concerns.
Thankfully common sense, and concern for your safety, has trumped the privacy rights of people accused of committing crimes against humanity.
Since releasing the wanted list, five individuals have been arrested including one who was reported to police after a viewer of Sun News Network recognized one of the faces shown on the screen and called the Canada Border Services Agency.
Despite this, the CBC has refused to show the names, faces or even provide an online link to the page CBSA set up to help the public identify the 30 men being sought.
A CBC spokesman has said the state broadcaster will not release the names and faces because of their journalistic standards.
Evan Solomon from CBC’s Power and Politics show said there is not enough known about these individuals to release their identities.
Well how does CBC explain its past actions in releasing the identities of people wanted by police across Canada for abduction, sexual assault and other crimes?
We found plenty of examples on CBC’s own website of the state broadcaster posting pictures and names of people “wanted” but not yet charged in connection with various crimes.
Basically it comes down to politics.
Despite getting their $1.1-billion taxpayer subsidy from the Harper government and even an extra $60 million in the most recent budget, the CBC disagrees with the government’s positions on crime and immigration.
There have been attempts by commentators on-air to paint this as a matter of due process and claiming the government was not letting the system play out as it should. Hogwash.
The people on this list were each given a hearing by the Immigration and Refugee Board and deemed inadmissible to Canada.
Some, like Abraham Bahaty Bayavuge, the Congolese man arrested Wednesday, have exhausted all appeals.
Bayavuge even appealed to Federal Court and was rejected. He then appears to have gone underground, until this week. Now he will likely be deported quickly from Canada.
“Every single one of these individuals has had the benefit of due process in Canada’s extraordinarily fair legal system,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said.
“Extraordinarily fair” may be an understatement.
Canada’s immigration system, currently being reformed by Kenney, allows a seemingly endless parade of appeals, often paid for by taxpayers. No one is kicked out without being given a fair chance to tell their story.
The men on this list are not random people selected because of where they come from or due to a political vendetta. They are men who are accused of serious crimes, deemed inadmissible to Canada and ordered out.
CBC’s decision to treat them like they might be victims of a mean-spirited government says plenty about the state broadcaster’s priorities.