A Canada Post employee from Regina has refused to deliver the anti-Chinese Communist Party newspaper The Epoch Times, CTV News reports.
"There's already been violence and hatred towards Asian communities in North American. Since [President Donald] Trump got into office and since COVID started exploding, everything’s been anti-China" said Canada Post courier Ramiro Sepulveda.
The newspaper was founded by Chinese-Americans who were part of the Falun Gong, a controversial religious movement which, like many religious groups, has faced persecution at the hands of the Communist Party of China. In recent years, The Epoch Times has been one of the only outlets to consistently take a hard look at China's authoritarian practices and policies.
Sepulveda said that the paper's anti-China stance "can rub people the wrong way," asserting that some "people that don't know how to filter information" would be especially prone.
"It’s a published newspaper that spits lies," he continued, referring to a number of allegations that the paper spreads misinformation.
Responding to Sepulveda's concerns, Canada Post says that it is not within their right to filter what type of news gets delivered.
"Canada Post is obligated to deliver any mail that is properly prepared and paid for, unless it is considered non-mailable matter. The Courts have told Canada Post that its role is not to act as the censor of mail or to determine the extent of freedom of expression in Canada," the public mail courier said.
The controversy is not the first time that The Epoch Times has faced trouble from arms of the Canadian government. The CBC had previously been forced to issue a correction after referring to the paper as "racist and inflammatory" and falsely stating that the paper concluded that coronavirus was created in a Wuhan lab.
Sepulveda said that he hopes for Canada Post to create a board which would decide what content would be considered inappropriate for delivery.