... I really hope they do ban media from the repatriation ceremony (or continue to do so). Those ceremonies are for the honoured dead and their families in uniform and out. Not cameras turning it into a social media spectacle or political ammunition for our shitty politicians to fling poo at each other ...
I agree this isn't a place for politics of ANY kind, overt or implied, and there's ZERO
room for harrassing families in mourning.
That said, if the military wants coverage of the good
things it does, there's a case to be made for covering what's not
good. Also, it's Canada
's military, so Canadians has some right (not the journalists) to bear witness to the ultimate sacrifice our troops can make, especially on behalf of Canadians.
Here's where I was on the issue ~10 years ago:
... As for the media's "right" to be there, yer damned if you do (media get to blow it up and hype the story), and yer damned if you don't (the media talk about "censorship", and go all papparazzo on the event).
Personally, as long as it's respectful (that's what ground rules for attendance at events are for), I'm OK with media being there. We complain if the media doesn't cover the military, so when they do, we have to live with the nasty as well as the good ...