Andy Lee, an independent journalist that was recently suspended from Twitter for reporting on the “Freedom Convoy,” claims her bank and credit cards were frozen after she returned to Ottawa. Andy Lee previously made waves for reporting on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his links to the Chinese government. According to Global News reporter Sean O’Shea, 206 bank accounts have been frozen in relation to the protest.
Andy Lee is an independent journalist based in Calgary. She had her Twitter account arbitrarily suspended on Feb. 12 for “ban evasion,” something she disputes. Andy Lee believes she was targeted for her reporting, which often conflicted with MSM reports. Now, the independent reporter claims her bank card and credit card were frozen. Her partner, Shonn Oborowsky, claimed on Twitter Sunday evening that “the Federal government has locked journalist Andy Lee’s bank and credit cards. This is crazy, Trudeau is going after journalists now.”
It is not clear why Andy Lee had her bank and credit card frozen. Toronto 99 tried to contact her for comment, but did not receive an immediate response. Andy Lee urged her followers to “keep calm.” Under the Emergencies Act, bank accounts can be frozen without a court order. The banks have frozen numerous accounts, including ones belonging to independent media Druthers, as well as the accounts belonging to the protest organizers. Tamara Lich, the lead organizer of the convoy who is currently in prison, had her bank accounts frozen. This has complicated her efforts to get bail.
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