Harper Conservatives win journalist’s award for most secretive government

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa. — Photo by Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has won this year’s Code of Silence Award from the Canadian Association of Journalists.

The annual award recognizing Canada’s most secretive government or publicly funded agency was handed out in Toronto Saturday evening.

The federal government was named for keeping information out of public hands on files such as the F-35 program, avoiding questions at media events and for restricting both public and media access to contentious information.

Association president Hugo Rodrigues said the Harper government was the overwhelming choice of the CAJ’s 600 members across the country.

“The death grip on information has long frustrated journalists in this country, but it may now be reaching a point where the public at large is not only empathetic, but shares it,” he said.

The CAJ said federal government departments now deal with media almost exclusively by emails that often contain little, if any, of the information requested.

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Geographic location: Canada, Toronto

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  • robert tucker
    April 29, 2012 - 15:40

    Not surprised at the journalists' choice for this award! Given that Peter Kent, Pam Wallin and Mike Duffey, all former disgruntled newspeople, have imput into how the CONserverative's Govt message is delivered.