In a ruling that could have implications for journalists covering protests across Canada, a Newfoundland and Labrador judge decided on Wednesday that an energy company applying for an order to remove named individuals from a protest site had no obligation to tell the court that one of the people they wanted to boot was a member of the media.
Justin Brake, editor and journalist for the province’s The Independent, faces criminal and contempt charges as a result of him violating a court order in the course of his reporting on last year’s occupation of the Muskrat Falls dam site. On March 15th, the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court rejected the argument that Brake’s status as a journalist should have merited special consideration.
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