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Prosecutors in the spotlight

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Crown attorneys’ media rules walk the line between informing the public and preserving the right to fair trial. So what can prosecutors tell journalists – and the public – about court cases? By Dean Jobb.
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Levelling with our sources

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The contempt conviction of Hamilton Spectator reporter Ken Peters for refusing to name a source shows the wisdom of devising an exit strategy before making a promise of confidentiality. By Dean Jobb.
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Links to legal resources

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A comprehensive list of links to various legal resources.

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Fighting publication bans

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Media outlets have the right – if not always the means – to oppose motions to withhold the details of criminal cases. By Dean Jobb

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Judge blocks bid to expose Citizen source

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An Ontario judge has struckdown laws that empowered the RCMP to raid the home of Ottawa Citizen reporter Juliet O’Neill, in a bid to expose the source of a leak about the Mahar Ararcase. Justice Lynn Ratushney ruled that sections of the Security and Information Act designed to crack down on leaks of information violate the Charter right to freedom of the press. The federal government will not appeal. The Canadian Association of Journalists calls the ruling“an historic victory for media freedom.”
>>Tony Burman, editor in chief of CBC News, comments.
>>Lawyer Wendy Wagner, who acted for the Ottawa Citizen, offers a summary of the ruling.
>>Read Justice Ratushney’s Oct. 19, 2006 ruling.
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Free expression … within limits

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Controversy over Prophet Muhammad cartoons fuels debate over the limits of freedom of expression. Dean Jobb comments.
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Pressthink

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Jay Rosen, an associate professor and former chairperson of New York University’s Department of Journalism, has been posting to his blog, PressThink, since 2003.
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Good news for journalists — and their sources

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Former National Post reporter Andrew McIntosh’scourt victory to protect a key source in his Shawinigate investigation should resonate across the country. By Dean Jobb.
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Privacy laws could jeopardize iconic photos in future

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The iconic photographs that help define history could be under threat from a new British privacy law, a media lawyer warns. Full report.

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Journalism and communications scholar dies

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Paul Attallah, a former associate director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication, has died…
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