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Press freedom boosted in Supreme Court ruling

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada reinforced freedom of the press Friday in a ruling that gave Quebec journalists the right to keep their sources secret provided they can show that the public interest in shielding confidantes does not threaten the administration of justice.

The ruling provides ammunition to reporter Daniel Leblanc, who now will go to court in Quebec to argue against divulging the name of a source who tipped him off about the sponsorship scandal, a major national story about federal misspending that is widely believed to have contributed to the former Liberal government’s defeat in the 2006 federal election.

The Supreme Court, in a 9-0 decision, refused to rule on Leblanc’s case, sending it to the Quebec Superior Court with instructions to consider an established legal test that can give the media a special privilege, on a case-by-case basis, to remain silent on their informants.

Source Montreal Gazette.

2016-10-21T21:44:12+00:00October 23rd, 2010|Categories: Random Posts|1 Comment

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  1. World Spinner October 29, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Press freedom boosted in Supreme Court ruling…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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