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Canadian journos lobby Parliament for a shield law

Lede: “Journalists and parliamentarians are putting pressure on the Liberal government to enhance the protection of reporters and confidential sources, calling for quick legislative changes instead of rhetorical support for the freedom of the press.”

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Wed, November 16 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Canadian journos lobby Parliament for a shield law

Montreal’s mayor possibly linked to surveillance scandal

Lede: “Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has become embroiled in the controversy over the covert surveillance of journalists after revelations he called the city’s former police chief just before warrants were obtained to track journalist Patrick Lagacé’s cellphone activity.”

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Mon, November 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Montreal’s mayor possibly linked to surveillance scandal

Montreal police sought to monitor journos’ communications

A new development in this police state scandal in Quebec: That two La Presse journalists were covered by a warrant that made them targets of electronic surveillance.

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Sat, November 5 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Montreal police sought to monitor journos’ communications

Blame the judges for Quebec journo surveillance scandal: Hébert

Columnist Chantal Hébert takes a scathing look at the role of the judiciary in Quebec’s journalist surveillance scandal.

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Arthur Kent seeks $1.2 million in legal fees from Postmedia

Arthur Kent, who triumphed in his defamation suit against Postmedia, now seeks more than $1 million in legal fees for his eight-year battle.

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Thu, October 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Arthur Kent seeks $1.2 million in legal fees from Postmedia

Verdict in high-profile Edmonton murder trial to be televised

The verdict in the Travis Vader murder trial, who is accused of killing two Alberta seniors, will be televised live, a judge has ruled.

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Tue, September 13 2016 » Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Verdict in high-profile Edmonton murder trial to be televised

Facebook backtracks on censoring famous Vietnam war photo

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Sat, September 10 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook backtracks on censoring famous Vietnam war photo

Slain war correspondent’s family suing Assad regime

The family of Times of London correspondent Marie Colvin, killed by artillery blasts in 2012 in the city of Homs, have filed a lawsuit alleging that Syrian military forces deliberately targeted her to shut down Colvin’s reporting of human rights abuses.

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Sat, July 9 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Slain war correspondent’s family suing Assad regime

What the critics of the Gregory Alan Elliott case get wrong

What lesson are we to take from the verdict in the trial of Gregory Alan Elliott, acquitted of two charges of criminal harassment for his interactions with two Toronto women on Twitter?

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Mon, January 25 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Verdict in Gregory Alan Elliott case supports a very open Twitter

A Toronto court acquitted graphic artist Gregory Alan Elliott of criminal harassment charges in connection with his dealings with two women on Twitter. In doing so, Justice Brent Knazan left the message that Twitter is a wide-open platform, and if the going gets rough, “‘suck it up, buttercup,’” in the words of National Post columnist […]

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Mon, January 25 2016 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment