N.S. judges demand media accreditation

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A committee of Nova Scotia judges and journalists has decided that court officials should decide which reporters and media organizations can use cameras and tape recorders at the Law Courts building in Halifax, the province’s busiest courthouse. As Ainslie MacLellan reports in the King’s JournalismReview, journalists haven’t protested but media lawyers warn the plan sets a bad precedent.
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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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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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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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Du message au massage

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Avec “La crise de la représentation”, Daniel Bougnoux ne signe pas un énième traité sur la communication, mais un essai lumineux sur la presse et la crise qu’elle affronte. Notre philosophe tord le cou à quelques fables comme “la fin du journalisme” ou “la manipulation par les médias de masse”.

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Sensationalizing health coverage

A five-year research study at Simon
Fraser University, published this spring in an academic journal,
concludes that Canadian newspapers miss the “real stories” about health
issues and “dwell on covering the more simplistic and sensational

Simplistic and sensational, eh. Never heard that before.

The SFU press release is here. It’s from last month but I post it here because its points are relevant to our industry.

study didn’t get a lot of media attention (we really don’t like
reporting on ourselves for our audience, do we) but the alternative Georgia Straight picked up
the story with a fairly thorough analysis. In her story, reporter Gail
Johnson also discussed the work of University of Victoria researcher
Alan Cassels on Media Doctor Canada, a Web site that reviews and rates news coverage on medical issues.

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