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.

REPORTAGE

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

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news/niagara-region/2020/09/04/niagara-journalist-karl-dockstader-charged-by-opp-after-covering-indigenous-land-dispute.html

In The Hamilton Spectator, J.P. Antonacci reports:
https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/09/04/indigenous-journalist-researcher-arrested-in-caledonia-land-dispute.html

Liam Casey of the Canadian Press reports:
https://globalnews.ca/news/7317884/indigenous-journalist-academic-caledonia-charges/

Jorge Barrera of CBC News reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/karl-dockstader-opp-charges-caledonia-1.5713169

Brett Forester of the APTN reports.

Sept. 4:

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/they-are-going-to-try-and-criminalize-us-development-standoff-marks-48-days/

Sept. 3:
https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/police-arrest-journalist-researcher-in-connection-with-caledonia-land-reclamation/

COMMENTARY

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

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/caj-and-cjfe-demand-opp-immediately-drop-all-charges-against-indigenous-journalist-841877829.html

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

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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