BPC Bulletin: Justin Brake Scores a Victory in Court

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


In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Court of Appeal recently dismissed a civil charge of contempt against Justin Brake, a journalist.

The Court of Appeal — which overturned a lower court ruling — delivered its verdict on March 28, 2019.

In 2016, Mr. Brake followed protesters onto the construction site of a hydroelectric dam at Muskrat Falls in Labrador. He was reporting news for The Independent.

Mr. Brake still faces criminal charges of mischief and disobeying a court order.


Holly McKenzie-Sutter of the Canadian Press reports:


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Kathleen Martens of APTN News reports:



In the Winnipeg Free Press, Shannon Sampert writes:



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