Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vice journalist must turn over materials to RCMP, appeals court rules

The Star's Alyshah Hasham writes:
After VICE Media reporter Ben Makuch published three stories about accused terrorist Farah Shirdon in 2014, the RCMP demanded he hand over all his communications with Shirdon.
The ensuing legal battle that set press freedom against the interests of law enforcement reached the Court of Appeal, which on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision not to quash the order to produce the documents.
The ruling is being criticized by press freedom and civil liberties organizations for putting a “chilling effect” on public interest reporting and free expression.

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