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Les débuts du journalisme collaboratif?

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Le rapport Grenier a été rendu public quelques heures plus tôt que prévu, ce qui ne changera sans doute pas, en soi, le cours de l’histoire. Néanmoins, comme le relate le journaliste Philippe Schnobb, cette primeur a été obtenue grâce à la collaboration d’un internaute. Ce qui nous rappelle que la formule du blogue peut servir à autre chose qu’étaler les états d’âme, les ragots et les anecdotes personnelles.

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Lien vedette: Le Panoptique

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“Mais qu’est-ce en fait qu’un panoptique? Pan-optique : toutes-vues. Le concept est en parfaite harmonie avec le sens de notre projet qui se veut une revue mensuelle d’actualité internationale proposant sept volets distincts (arts et littérature, économie, environnement, politique sciences et société) et intimement liés, fédérés pour ainsi dire au sein d’une même publication. Ne sont-ils pas tous, ces volets, nécessaires à la compréhension de l’expérience humaine?”

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Press freedom eroded in ’06

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Nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s population live in places where the press is not free or only partly free, according to the annual global survey of press freedom released by the New York-based think tank Freedom House. Read the May 1, 2007 news report in Editor and Publisher.
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‘Public’ file anything but: Access denied in dog photo case

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A routine request for a photo of a dog found in a court file shows how secretive Canada’s courts can be, says Toronto Star legal affairs reporter Tracey Tyler. It also raises questions about who will call the shots on a new liaison committee that’s supposed to improve access to the Ontario courts.
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Conflit au Journal de Québec: L’appel de Quebecor

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Quebecor tente toujours de faire interdire la publication du Média Matin Québec. Le propriétaire du Journal de Québec, Sun Média, a déposé une requête en appel du jugement de la Cour supérieure sur la légalité du journal parallèle des syndiqués en grève et en lock-out du Journal de Québec.

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Bloc moves to protect journalists’ sources

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Serge Menard, a Bloc Quebecois MP and former journalist, has proposed a shield law to protect the identities of journalists’ confidential sources. Bill C-426, introduced on April 17, 2007, would amend the Canada Evidence Act to restrict when a court can order a journalist to name a source. Those seeking to expose a source would have to prove it is in the public interest to name the source and show they have done everything possible to identify the source by other means. Judges would have to consider the importance of the free flow of information and the impact on the source before compelling a journalist to name a confidential source. The bill would also require judges to impose strict conditions on any search warrant issued to seize a journalist’s notes or other documents in the media’s possession. Read the Bloc’s press release (French only) and news reports in Ottawa‘s Le Soleil and Presse Canadienne.
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Ontario limits access to court documents

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Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is restricting access to court documents that reveal the name of an alleged victim of a sexual offence, citing a 2005 Criminal Code amendment that forbids the “transmission” of a victim’s identity. But Brian Rogers, a Toronto lawyer who regularly acts for the media, says a court order should not be required to access what has long been public information. Shannon Kari of The Law Times explores the issue in this May 14, 2007 report.
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Terror suspects’ complaints banned

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An Ontario judge has imposed a publication ban that prevents a group of terror suspects from exposing the conditions they face in solitary confinement. The men want to have their habeas corpus application heard in open court, and legal experts say the public deserves to know whether they are being detained “legally and by the books.” The Toronto Star‘s Tracey Tyler reports.
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La “valeur ajoutée” de l’information financière

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Analyse de l’acquisition de Reuters par Thomson, gracieuseté de l’émission L’heure des comptes.

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Libel suits put online free speech at risk

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A pair of recently filed defamation suits have the potential to reshape free speech on the Internet in Canada, Internet law expert Michael Geist warns in this Ottawa Citizen commentary published on May 1, 2007. A British Columbia businessman is suing a who’s who of the Internet, including Yahoo!, MySpace and Wikipedia for allowing users to post or link to articles he alleges are defamatory.
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