BPC Bulletin: Police Charge Journalist Karl Dockstader in Ontario

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.


In southern Ontario, a journalist plans to fight the criminal charges that police laid against him after he had filed reports about a land dispute in August.

Karl Dockstader, a broadcast journalist, spent several days at the site of a land dispute between the Haudenosaunee and Foxgate Developments in Caledonia.

The Ontario Provincial Police  (OPP) subsequently charged Mr. Dockstader with mischief and failure to comply with a court order. An injunction bars people from visiting the disputed land.

The OPP have charged other people too.


In St. Catharines, Grant LaFleche of The Standard reports:


In The Hamilton Spectator, J.P. Antonacci reports:

Liam Casey of the Canadian Press reports:

Jorge Barrera of CBC News reports:


Brett Forester of the APTN reports.

Sept. 4:


Sept. 3:


The Canadian Association of Journalists and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression comment:


Thanks go to Grant Buckler who forwarded the CBC’s news report.


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