Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fake e-mail from Star reporter examined at interesting libel trial

A Toronto Star journalist used a fake email account to contact a woman he had been searching for while reporting a story about a Filipina nanny employed illegally at a Georgina inn, he admitted in court Wednesday.
But Dale Brazao denied the suggestion he violated Star policy by using a pseudonym to contact a person who identified herself as Terra Holman in an email to the newspaper’s public editor.
“I was trying to find out if that email” — the address for Holman — “was active,” Brazao said on his second day of cross-examination in a libel trial.
Shirley Browne, owner of Whispering Pines bed and breakfast in Georgina, is suing Brazao and the Star over a front-page article published in 2008 that suggested she illegally employed Catherine Manuel — a woman from the Philippines who had come to Canada expecting to be a nanny to an 8-year-old boy — as an overworked, underpaid domestic servant.

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