THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Phone hacking by police is under investigation in Quebec.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the reports of six reporters having their phones tapped by Quebec Provincial Police troubling news.
“Not only is freedom of the press important it is one of the foundational safe guards of a free democracy, a free society. This government understands this and respects freedom of the media and the press,” said Trudeau.
Trudeau was quick to point out he has confirmed with both CSIS and the RCMP, that nothing of this nature is happening at the federal level.
The QPP confirmed some reporters mobile phones were monitored since 2013, after an investigation began looking into connections between union’s and organized crime in the province.
Several of the journalists took to twitter on Wednesday confirming their phones were hacked. They include Marie-Maude Denis, Isabelle Richer and former host Alain Gravel of the popular investigative radio show Enquete.