After a topless Femen protester crashed a Quebec cabinet minister’s press conference late last month, some reporters in the Quebec Parliamentary Press Gallery wondered aloud if VICE had something to do with it. The media company had never reported from the National Assembly before, and yet it had a three-person camera crew on hand to film Neda Topaloski as she yelled in protest against a health-care bill she argued would limit access to abortion.
In a series of tweets, Les Perreaux, who covers Quebec politics for the Globe and Mail, said VICE had “punked (its) own side” by going along with the protest, since it would probably encourage the assembly to crack down on journalists’ access.
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