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Quebec Mulls ‘status’ For Journalists

MONTREAL, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The French-Canadian province of Quebec is considering regulations on who can be designated a professional journalist.

Provincial Culture Minister Christine St.-Pierre is promoting a measure that would establish a recognized “status of professional journalist” that would provide “better access to government sources,” the French La Presse newspaper reported.

Her measure would require journalists to have professional accreditations, although the criteria for gaining those aren’t yet outlined in the plan, the National Post said.

The Post editorialized that St.-Pierre’s bid is meant to differentiate between “amateur bloggers” and accredited journalists who are supposed to abide by professional codes of ethics.

The proposal, scheduled to be put to public debates before it comes to legislative votes, says the Internet is not a source of “original information that respects the journalistic method,” the report said.

In the past decade in Canada, national, provincial and city police forces have largely dropped programs to issue photo ID cards to journalists who underwent background checks, citing costs and the burgeoning use of social media.

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