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Media fund panel takes shape amid transparency, partisanship concerns

By Mike Lapointe      

The Canadian Association of Journalists only agreed to come onboard following the government’s agreement to waive confidentiality agreement requirements for panel members.

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez says his government is committed to ensuring that Canadians everywhere continue to have access to accurate, diverse and relevant news. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Representatives are in place for the eight groups tasked with guiding the government on which journalism organizations should benefit from its nearly $600-million media-support fund, but only after securing a promise from the Liberals on more transparency.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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