Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery yesterday called each other “jerks,” “fascists,” “bonkers,” and possibly “fascist jerk-bonkers” (unconfirmed) over a proposal introduced late Friday afternoon by their Executive Committee.
Under the proposal to reform Press Gallery rules, any journalist could be suspended or expelled from Parliament Hill if a secret committee of their peers upholds a complaint about them submitted by just about anyone: a politician, a federal employee, a private citizen or a fellow journalist. Complaints that would qualify include “sexual harassment,” “threats of violence,” and “violence,” which all seem reasonable enough, but the list also includes “intimidation” and “personal harassment.”
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