BPC Bulletin: News Roundup: Canadian Journalists Arrested, Charged, Threatened
In recent years, a few Canadian journalists have been arrested and charged for violating court-ordered injunctions while they covered disputes at logging sites and construction sites.
Later, courts have dismissed the charges or the Crown has dropped them.
In other instances, Canadian journalists have faced threats while they covered protest demonstrators.
This bulletin provides links to five current or recent episodes when Canadian journalists have been arrested and charged or threatened in some way.
In each of the five sections below, the articles appear in reverse chronological order. The newest article appears first, and the oldest article appears last. The Globe and Mail’s stories appear behind paywalls.
THE TRUCKERS’ PROTEST IN OTTAWA
Articles Published in Late January 2022
John Paul Tasker of CBC News describes the scene in Ottawa:
The Canadian Association of Journalists urges “newsroom leaders” to protect threatened journalists:
At the Daily Hive, Isabelle Docto reports the threats sent to reporters Frank Gunn and others:
THE ANTI-PIPELINE PROTEST IN NORTHWESTERN B.C.
Articles Published from November to December 2021
The following articles focus on reporters Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano.
In The Narwhal, Emma Gilchrist reports:
In The Narwhal, Amber Bracken reports:
Canadaland interviews journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano:
At Canadaland, Jesse Brown and Danielle Paradis comment:
In The Globe and Mail, Peter Jacobsen writes:
CBC News reports:
The Canadian Association of Journalists writes to Marco Mendicino, Canada’s public safety minister:
Kate Partridge of CBC News reports:
In The Narwhal, Stephanie Wood reports:
THE ANTI-LOGGING PROTEST AT FAIRY CREEK, B.C.
Articles Published from May 2021 to January 2022
The following articles focus on reporter Ora Cogan and others.
In The Globe and Mail, Dirk Meissner reports:
In the Toronto Star, Bruce Campion-Smith comments:
Bethany Lindsay of CBC News reports:
In The Tyee, Zoe Yunker reports:
In Canadian Lawyer, Bernise Carolino reports:
Elena De Luigi of the Canadian Press reports:
In The Narwhal, Mike De Souza reports:
In The Discourse, Erin Millar comments:
In The Tyee, Amelia Williams reports:
In The Narwhal, Sarah Cox reports:
THE LAND-CLAIM DISPUTE IN CALEDONIA, ONT.
Articles Published in September 2020 and November 2021
While covering the dispute between the Haudenosaunee and Foxgate Developments in mid-2020, reporter Karl Dockstader was charged by Ontario police with mischief and failure to comply with a court order. In December 2020, he said the Crown chose to withdraw the charges because there were no reasonable grounds for conviction.
Ka’nhehsí:io Deer of CBC News reports:
Jorge Barrera of CBC News reports:
In The Hamilton Spectator, J.P. Antonacci reports:
THE PROTEST AT MUSKRAT FALLS IN LABRADOR
Article Published in June 2020
While covering a protest at the construction site of a hydro-electric dam in 2016, reporter Justin Brake was arrested and charged for violating an injunction. Later, a provincial court of appeal dismissed one charge, and the Crown dropped the other two charges, but the process took almost four years.
CBC News reports:
Thanks go to Grant Buckler who provided news stories.
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