Can colonel get a fair trial?” asks the Law Times. Intense media coverage
of the arrest of Russell Williams – including reports of a confession that may
or may not have been leaked by police – has threatened
the possibility of a fair jury trial
, according to a prominent defence
lawyer. At the very least, the trial
is likely to move
.

Retired Major General Lewis MacKenzie has weighed in, slamming the media.
What does the press corp think? When an Ottawa Citizen op-ed accused
journalists of trial
by media,
it raised some reaction
in J-Source’s Town Hall – especially because the author was a journalism
professor.

The debate over freedom of the press versus
presumption of innocence certainly isn’t new in Canada’s newsrooms and
classrooms. A 2002 Ryerson Review of Journalism article, “Trial by Journalist,”
examines the issue through the lens of Christie Blatchford’s work.

Can colonel get a fair trial?” asks the Law Times. Intense media coverage
of the arrest of Russell Williams – including reports of a confession that may
or may not have been leaked by police – has threatened
the possibility of a fair jury trial
, according to a prominent defence
lawyer. At the very least, the trial
is likely to move
.

Retired Major General Lewis MacKenzie has weighed in, slamming the media.
What does the press corp think? When an Ottawa Citizen op-ed accused
journalists of trial
by media,
it raised some reaction
in J-Source’s Town Hall – especially because the author was a journalism
professor.

The debate over freedom of the press versus
presumption of innocence certainly isn’t new in Canada’s newsrooms and
classrooms. A 2002 Ryerson Review of Journalism article, “Trial by Journalist,”
examines the issue through the lens of Christie Blatchford’s work.

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Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.