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‘A complete travesty’: court’s decision against Vice Media sets ‘chill’ for journalists, say media groups

By Mike Lapointe      

Although a former CSIS analyst says the RCMP had a ‘strong case’ against journalist Ben Makuch, the vice-president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says the ruling will ‘hurt the institution of journalism in this country.’

Tom Henheffer, vice-president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, left, freelance journalist Justin Ling, centre, and Vice Media Canada journalist Ben Makuch, right. Mr. Makuch says the RCMP has 'treated him like a criminal' over a four year legal saga that's now forced him to turn over information pertaining to interviews with accused terrorist Farah Shirdon to the authorities. Photographs courtesy of Twitter, Facebook

Media groups are condemning a court’s final decision to force journalist Ben Makuch and Vice Media Canada to turn over records of interviews with accused terrorist Farah Shirdon to the RCMP.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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