Sep 17, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

There is no clear universally accepted definition or law of privacy in Canada.  As a result, the courts have generally taken the view that a free-standing right to privacy does not in fact exist. For journalists, this has often created confusion about what newsgathering techniques are acceptable, writes J-Source’s law editor Thomas Rose.

Aug 27, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Is reporting on court cases in real-time in the public interest, or does it have the potential to do more harm than good? How does adding a real-time element change the role of a court reporter? What are the legal limitations around reporting directly from inside the courtroom? Regardless of how you slice it, court reporting is complicated – but especially so in real-time. For this week's Scribble Chat, we'll be tackling these issues and more. Will we conclude the whole damn system's out of order? Join the discussion to find out.

Jul 06, 2013 - Posted by Thomas Rose

Allegations that two Canadian citizens planned to explode homemade devices similar to the kind used in the Boston marathon bombing during Canada Day celebrations at the B.C. legislature in Victoria is shocking.  Does that justify the actions of journalists who entered the apartment of the two suspects this week, rummaged through their private belongings, took photographs of those belongings and subsequently splashed some of those photos on the front pages of such news outlets across the country?  Law Editor Thomas Rose has more on the legal and ethical dimensions of such behaviour. 

May 20, 2013 - Posted by Janice Neil

Last week's stories about a man who appears to be Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what might be crack, raises just about every journalistic issue around responsible reporting and libel that there is. Western journalism professor Paul Benedetti says the incident  provides a perfect teaching example about what journalists can and cannot say to avoid a libel court case. 

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Thomas Rose

Brian Burke says anonymous bloggers have deliberately set out to ruin his good name.  As his defamation suit against those bloggers goes forward, perhaps it is time to begin a discussion about whether internet anonymity should be restricted, writes J-Source law editor Thomas Rose.

Apr 15, 2013 - Posted by Thomas Rose

Quebec is the latest jurisdiction to issue a protocol on the use of electronic devices by reporters and lawyers inside a courtroom, sparking some heated but predictable responses.  Is this a violation of a citizen's right to stay informed?  Does it impinge freedom of expression?  Does it tarnish the principle of a fair and open trial?

Apr 15, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

As of Monday, no one will be able to email, tweet or text from inside Quebec courtrooms without the consent of the judge. The move runs contrary to recent changes made in Ontario, B.C., Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, where the courts sanctioned the use of electronic devices by lawyers and journalists during court proceedings.

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A journalist in the rural community of Clinton, Ont. claims a local councillor tried to have her banned from covering council meetings, a subject the Ontario Ombudsman deemed illegal for an in camera meeting. If the allegation is true, it would constitute an attack on the Charter-guaranteed right to freedom of the press, says one journalism expert.

Feb 08, 2012 - Posted by Dean Jobb


The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has asked Fredericton police for an explanation of why a local blogger, Charles LeBlanc, is being investigated under the little-used law of criminal libel. In a Feb. 1 letter, the group seeks an explanation of why LeBlanc, "apparently a vocal critic of the police force," had his computer seized during a search of his home. The group points out that courts in at least three provinces -- Ontario, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador -- have struck down the Criminal Code's libel provisions as a violation of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.

Read the CBC report, which includes the text of the letter.

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