National Newswatch

A reporters’ association invited to join a federal press bailout panel yesterday said the work is so secretive it may quit the process before it begins. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez asked eight groups to suggest criteria on which Canadian publishers will receive $595 million in subsidies.

“Everything should be public,” said Karen Pugliese, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists. “I’m a journalist. If there is some privacy issue – and I can’t imagine what it would be – they can explain that in public, and let the public decide.”

Minister Rodriguez in a statement said he would determine final members of the “independent panel of experts” assigned to make recommendations by July 31 on criteria for subsidy seekers. “We are reaching another milestone,” said Rodriguez.

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