Sunday, April 1, 2018

83 Days Alberta Legislature Press Pass Picket

"The media is hostile to the government" Cheryl Oates, communications director to Premier Rachel Notley, outside the Alberta Legislature on the picket line.
(Democracy) Citizen Free News versus Corporate News (Corporatocracy)

Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. - John F. Kennedy, Address to the American Newspaper Publishers, delivered 27 April 1961, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York.


Citizen Free News application for a press pass into the Alberta Legislature has been denied, Only corporate news media can apply. 

Mr. Brinkman: We are unable to accept your request to join the Alberta Legislature press gallery. As per our constitution, membership in the gallery is restricted to those journalists whose principal occupation is reporting, interpreting, editing or analyzing Alberta legislature or provincial government news on a continuing basis who require the use of gallery facilities to fulfill their functions. The legislature is open to members of the public and media. 

Dean Bennett, 
Canadian Press

Response to Mr. Bennett: I don't recognize the authority of your constitution, never seeing a copy, never signing or agreeing to such a document, but I do recognize the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that guarantee's everybody's right to freedom of the press and media. 

Doug Brinkman, 
Citizen Free News Since 2007



June 18, 2018 Counter Proposal
To the Honourable Speaker Robert Wanner, Canadian Press Dean Bennett (President of the Alberta Legislature Press Gallery), Alex McClung (Chief of Staff to the Speaker) and my MLA David Sheppard 

From Doug Brinkman Citizen Free News
Having seen our Alberta Legislature press gallery sit mostly empty during daytime and evening sittings, I'm willing to work with Speaker Robert Wanner's office by using the press gallery only on days where the Corporate news media don't require the entire press gallery seating area such as budget days, first day throne speeches and special events. Willing to wear a suit and tie leaving my Oilers Jersey at home while working inside the press gallery. I would respect and comply to all rules set forth from the Speaker's office. It's time for citizens who report the news to have thier seat in the Alberta Legislature press gallery. A free press means a free Alberta. 

June 18, 2018 Reponse
Mr. Brinkman I'm sorry but I have to say no to your request. Although I appreciate sitting in the gallery is a nuisance and seeing empty chairs on press row can be irritating, I'm heartened by the fact you, and all other Albertans, have unfettered access to legislature chamber proceedings. Sitting in the gallery, however, is more than simply an exercise in switching chairs and putting on a tie. Gallery members have security clearance, and from the press gallery have access to secure areas of the legislature off limits to the general public. As for your underlying argument of inclusion in the press gallery, I reiterate that membership in the gallery is restricted to those journalists whose principal occupation is reporting, interpreting, editing or analyzing Alberta legislature or provincial government news on a continuing basis and who require the use of gallery facilities to fulfill their functions. All the best in your work. Dean Bennett President Alberta Legislature Press Gallery.  

Thank you Dean for your quick response... 
I understand and respect your position wanting the Alberta Legislature press gallery applicants to adhere to and uphold the rules of the press gallery constitution. In response It's easy for me to go to the RCMP and obtain security clearance so that should not be a problem. I think the problem might exist for you and your colleagues Dean if I may be frank is that I'm not journalist whose principal occupation is reporting inside the Alberta Legislature for the benefit of profit for your corporate news media employers, profits obtained from your subscribers and advertising revenue earned while influencing political public opinion and criticisms from the vantage point of our Alberta Legislature. 

Instead I do it freely as a citizen news reporter now in my 11 th. year reporting news and information not for profit but for the benefit of informing our community to maintain a free open democratic society. I think that's a problem for you Dean... competition maybe in a news media industry that is at an all time low in trustworthiness and is not turning a profit very easy these day with the competition of social media and independent news journalism. Every news story I've published, over a thousand since 2007, with over a half a million views watched involves interpreting, editing or analyzing from with-in and outside the Alberta legislature on provincial government news and from the news obtained from ordinary Albertans outside the Alberta Legislature during protests, vigils and rallies relating to the business conducted by our Alberta Government. It takes me an average 8 hours of reporting, editing, publishing and I'll add to what's missing in your constitution the act of distribution of that news and information to the public through social media and hard copy print passed out freely during public events, posted inside cafe's, book stores and on city provided kiosks. Citizen free news reporting with the man-hours, equipment, travel costs and materials included are all done freely paid for out of my own pocket and done so for the benefit of news informing the general public, doing my part as a citizen news activist maintaining our free and open society. As I said in my last e-mail Dean, the Canadian Charter and Rights and Freedoms are the rules and guarantees that I respect, uphold and adhere to for myself and others I have defended over the years and this is why I'm currently picketing the Alberta Government indefinitely until my rights and freedoms as a Canadian citizen reporting the news from the Alberta Legislature is honoured and respected by our Alberta Government. The fundamental freedoms of our Canadian Charter includes freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication. Lots to consider here Dean and thank you for including your press colleagues I've watched at work in our Alberta Legislature press gallery from the dark corners of the sometimes closed to the public, public gallery. I'll stop here and hope that we can continue this discussion to find a win win solution for everyone involved. I think the Hon. Speaker Robert Wanner who has the final say about matters like this would rather we resolve this problem among ourselves. Maybe amend the press gallery constitution where no news reporter citizen or professional like yourself Dean is left out from open democracy of news reporting in Alberta, Canada on behalf of all Canadians. 

Attached: ACCREDITATION AND ACCESS IN A CHANGING MEDIA LANDSCAPE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Alberta government found itself at the centre of controversy after it ordered representatives of the online publication The Rebel News Network Ltd. (The Rebel) rejected from two media events in February 2016. The government commissioned this report, asking for a cross-Canada study of practices pertaining to media access and accreditation and for recommendations on its media policies. In the meantime, it said, no one would be excluded from government media events Continued... 




Active Citizenship-Free News Sharing since 2007




Alberta Legislature press pass picket 
for a more open transparent democracy
November 11, 2018: I'm not willing to take "no" for an answer from an employee who works for the corporate news media who blocks my right to free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, media and communication inside the Alberta Legislature. As long as I'm willing and able to report the news from outside the Alberta Legislature I'll continue protesting those corporate news media employees who manage the press gallery inside the Legislature until I'm granted a press pass into the press gallery and full access to press scrums and press releases. I'll continue calling on my Government and opposition parties of Alberta to remove obstacles that infringe on the rights and freedoms of Canadians who live by democracy and not the corporatocracy of the news media that presides over our individual rights and freedoms inside our Alberta Legislature. Doug Brinkman


Aggression on the picket line


November 14, 2018: Today the Alberta Legislature press core president Dean Bennett of Canadian press grabbed my camera out of my hand and shoved it in my face while Global and CBC reporters watched. I'm going to suspend my press pass picket for a cooling period of a few days. See complete security video




















March 22, 2018, Joe Ceci's Budget Day 
Public gallery by invitation only and reserved for the overflow of the press. I stayed home and watched Joe's speech on-line.

Alberta Legislature Sheriffs have been advised that my picket for a press pass will continue indefinitely... 



CONSTITUTION ACT, 1982 2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association.

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