Apparently, though, taking such a position in Canada can damage our credibility, and should be avoided. At least in certain circumstances.
I can draw no other conclusion from the uproar over a statement by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), a laudably titled group that regularly denounces suppression of speech and journalism in countries such as Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China.
Or its multiple denunciations of the Syrian military, which has killed various journalists, notably American war correspondent Marie Colvin, whose reports of violence against civilians the Assad regime found so annoying.
It also scathingly denounced Saudi Arabia's savage crackdown on non-Sunni dissidents, which again had nothing to do with reporters, calling the kingdom one of the "world's worst offenders" against free expression.
Former British Zionist Federation leader Andrew Balcombe actually once demanded that the BBC replace Jeremy Bowen after he made critical remarks about Israel in a memo,