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Ottawa, Aug 29 (Canadian-Media): When U.S. President Donald Trump on Wedenesday attacked the journalists as "enemy of the people," Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's commented that he was pledged to always defend an independent press, media reports said.
Trudeau said the media was "fundamental element of a democracy...must be there to ask questions, at times difficult — often difficult — to political leaders on behalf of the population.
"We must have analysis to say what we are doing that is good and what we are doing that is less good. It is an essential element of a democracy."
Trudeau said political leaders have different outlooks and they should have confidence that the public can read, consume, and reflect on those different points of view.
Trump, who has repeatedly called news outlets he doesn't like as "fake news,"and this month he repeated in a tweet that journalists are the "enemy of the people," and labelled the media that sow "great division and distrust" and are "very dangerous and sick."
Two human rights experts were concerned that the president's attacks could increase the risks of violence towards journalists.
"Each time the president calls the media 'the enemy of the people' or fails to allow questions from reporters from disfavoured outlets, he suggests nefarious motivations or animus. But he has failed to show even once that specific reporting has been driven by any untoward motivations," they wrote.
"Google is really taking advantage of people and it's a really serious thing and a very serious charge," Trump said. "...they have to be careful."
Denying Trump's assertions, Google asserted that it never ranks search results to manipulate public sentiment.
Trudeau said Wednesday, "One of the first things to leave — if there are no media to challenge governments," he said, "is the confidence of people in those governments, if they feel political leaders are doing whatever they wish."
Trudeau said he thinks having the media there to regularly ask questions allows him and his cabinet to govern better.
"I will always defend the role of the media, always [defend] the freedom of speech, always [defend] our capacity as a democracy to ask difficult questions to our political leaders and our governments," he said. "... that is an essential role that we must defend in Canada and around the world."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)