CANADA – Supreme Court rules against VICE reporter in trial on source protection

first_imgThe Canadian Supreme Court’s decision, which was published on November 30, upholds the rulings of two lower courts in a legal battle that dates back to 2015, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) obtained a production order compelling VICE and Makuch to hand over all communications with Farah Shirdon, a Canadian citizen and alleged Islamic State fighter. It is now up to the RCMP to uphold the production order, and thereafter up to VICE and Makuch to choose how to respond.  On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia CanadaAmericas Protecting sources January 15, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation CanadaAmericas Protecting sources “Compelling a journalist to hand over their communications with a source for the purpose of a police investigation directly undermines the independence journalists must enjoy in order to fulfill their news gathering role,” said Margaux Ewen, RSF’s North America Director.“The fact that this production order has been upheld by Canada’s highest court today is an alarming development. The chilling effect of this decision could critically harm journalists’ ability to gather and report the news in Canada. Today’s Supreme Court ruling was not just a loss for VICE and Ben Makuch, but for all journalists and media organizations working in Canada.” News Follow the news on Canada “This is a dark day for press freedom, which is a basic tenet of democracy,” a spokesperson for VICE said. “While we’ve lost this battle, nothing can shake our belief that a free press is instrumental to a truthful understanding of the world in which we live.” This Supreme Court decision comes at a time when journalistic source protection has been increasingly under threat. Despite the adoption of a federal “shield law” protecting confidential sources —which does not apply in the VICE case— in October 2017, a Quebec Superior Court in March ordered Marie-Maude Denis, an investigative reporter for Radio-Canada, to reveal her sources in a Quebec City corruption case. The court applied the shield law, but ultimately ruled that the public’s interest in the outcome of the trial outweighed that of journalistic source protection. Radio-Canada is currently fighting the order to compel Denis’ testimony, and the Supreme Court announced on August 9 that it will hear this case. Newscenter_img Canada ranks 18th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the Canadian Supreme Court’s decision today that upholds a lower court’s ruling compelling VICE reporter Ben Makuch to hand over all his communications with his source, an alleged Islamic State fighter to Canadian police. A coalition of 12 press freedom and civil liberties groupsfrom around the world, including RSF, intervened in the case when it was heard before the Supreme Court of Canada on May 23. The coalition argued that the protection of confidential journalistic material from compelled disclosure is a fundamental condition of freedom of the press. Without it, the vital watchdog role journalists play in a democratic society is undermined, as sources risk being deterred from sharing information of public interest with members of the press. “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” *CORRECTION: An earlier version of this statement inaccurately referred to this case as involving confidential sources in its title. This has since been updated.  Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more November 30, 2018 CANADA – Supreme Court rules against VICE reporter in trial on source protection Image credit: VICE November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Garda Ken gets set to carry up Carrauntoohil

first_imgWhatsApp NewsCommunityGarda Ken gets set to carry up CarrauntoohilBy David Raleigh – February 22, 2020 972 Print Facebook Twitter A LIMERICK Garda is planning to carry a rowing machine to the summit of Ireland’s tallest mountain where he will row a distance of ten kilometres to raise funds for children battling terminal and serious illnesses.Ken McDonald from Ashbrook Gardens on the Ennis Road has set a €30,000 target for his “Carry up Carrauntoohill” fundraiser to cover the cost of repairs to the Share A Dream ‘Dreamland’ play area which was broken into a number of times last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The one of a kind fantasy play land on the Dublin Road allows for non-able bodied children to play with their able-bodied siblings and friends.A champion rower and training instructor at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Garda McDonald told the Limerick Post that he was determined to help the Share a Dream Foundation after meeting its founder Shay Kinsella last year.“To say I was blown away by the amazing work being done by the charity for seriously ill and disabled children all over Ireland for the last 27 years, would be an understatement.“Not only do Share a Dream make dreams come true for children fighting terrible life threatening illnesses but they have also built the very first ever all- inclusive magical indoor Fun Centre called Dreamland.”Garda McDonald said the charity relies solely on donations and the goodwill of the community and does not receive any government funding.“So, when the charity suffered two major break-ins last year causing thousands of euros worth of damages, I decided I had to do something to raise much needed funds for repairs and to make dreams come true for terminally ill children while raising more national awareness that the charity deserves.”“Rowing is my passion and I have been so fortunate in my career to have broken the World indoor record over 1000m last November at the Provincial rowing Championships; I won the Rhine marathon in Germany in a men’s coxed quad, and won two Gold medals at the World Masters rowing championships in Budapest.“So, whatever I decided to do, it had to be associated with rowing. After witnessing the amazing courage and determination that the children endure daily to find some quality in life, I decided I would challenge myself to the limit for Share a Dream.”He plans to carry out his ‘Carry up Carrauntoohill’ challenge on Saturday, March 28.“I will be attempting to carry my rowing machine, which weighs 26kgs up Carrauntoohill and then row 10 kilometres before bringing it back down.“My aim is to raise €30,000 rectify the damage caused by the break-ins and so that this wonderful organisation can continue making dreams come true for very sick children.”He is now encouraging people to take part in raising funds by organising a sponsored cycle on a stationary bike or rowing machine; a sponsored head shave/beard shave.“Or why not get out with the kids and go for a walk or a climb in your local area,” he suggests.Online donations can be made at on iDonate or contact 061-200080 to get a sponsor pack.center_img Email Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleCity’s churches will fill for Limerick Choral FestivalNext articleWATCH: Munster earn bonus point win over Zebre David Raleighlast_img read more

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COVID on the rise again in St. Joseph County

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketUncategorized Pinterest Google+ Twitter By Tommie Lee – March 31, 2021 0 262 Pinterest COVID on the rise again in St. Joseph County Indiana National Guardsmen, local law enforcement and civilian personnel, partner together to conduct COVID-19 testing throughout north east Indiana on April 27, 2020. (Photo by Cpl. Hannah Clifton) COVID cases are on the rise again in Indiana, and locally.With less than a week to go before Indiana’s statewide mask mandate ends, an additional 12 counties are reporting a jump in the numbers.The South Bend Tribune reports more than 1,200 active cases in St. Joseph County, the first time that’s been reported since the end of January. That’s nearly 300 more cases than just two weeks ago.St. Joseph County’s mask mandate has been extended to May 27. Previous articleElkhart County testing new voting machines on ThursdayNext articleIN State Senate advances health order appeal bill Tommie Lee Facebook WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+last_img read more

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