The offending tweets singled out three journalists, calling them “idiots” and describing their efforts to question him as “disgusting libel works”. Bernier tweeted their email addresses and encouraged his followers to “play dirty.” CTV reporter Christy Somos responded to the online attacks. In a tweet describing “what your inbox looks like after Bernier tweeted about you,” Somos posted a screenshot of a threatening email sent to him.
In this email, someone who appears to be a PPC supporter says he hopes Somos is sexually assaulted and murdered and encourages him to kill himself.
After Bernier published the email address of a Global News reporter who interviewed him, Global reporter Ahmar Khan also posted a screenshot of a message he received and which he described as both anti-Semitic and Islamophobic.
If your answer to media questions about white supremacy in your party is from doxx journalists, perhaps also tell those supporters not to send * both * anti-Semitic and Islamophobic messages. pic.twitter.com/yf8wj9FgkJ
Khan said he became the subject of Bernier’s tweets after he sent the PPC press office a request the day after the election asking if the party could provide someone to speak to voters’ concerns about possible extremism in the country. within the party.
“I have spoken with a number of people, and some have raised concerns about what the party stands for, and pointed out the discomfort at seeing your signs. They fear that the CPP will push far-right extremism and allow people who [are] xenophobic in the party [to] stand as candidates, ”Khan’s email told PPC.
Twitter said in a press release that Bernier’s tweets violated the company’s private information policy by posting journalists’ email addresses.
The account was suspended at 11 p.m. Wednesday evening. The account was reactivated 12 hours later after Bernier deleted the offending tweets.
Bernier’s account was locked in read-only mode, which allowed him to send and receive private messages and allowed others to view his account, but did not allow him to tweet messages himself.
The Canadian Association of Journalists posted a screenshot of Bernier’s tweets, saying that attacking journalists “for doing their basic duty is unacceptable and dangerous behavior.”
Journalists have a legal and ethical obligation to send questions and seek comments from our politicians. It is unacceptable and dangerous behavior to prosecute them for doing their basic duty. pic.twitter.com/bJhrEEJBOk
It is still unclear whether Bernier posted the offending tweets himself, whether someone else in his party did so with his approval, or whether they were posted without his participation.
CBC News has reached out to PPC spokesperson Martin Masse for comment, but has yet to receive a response.