Journalist Facing Criminal Charges For Covering Indigenous Protest
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Journalist Facing Criminal Charges For Covering Indigenous Protest
Move seen as "serious threat to press freedom" in Canada

Justin Brake, reporter and editor at Newfoundland and Labrador’s The Independent, has been charged with disobeying a court order and mischief concerning property over $5000 for following demonstrators onto the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric construction site in October 2016. That month, Brake — despite covering the protest as a journalist — was named in a court order specifying that demonstrators could face arrest if they did not leave the site.

The charges were first announced in an RCMP news release Tuesday that did not include the names of the accused.

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