14 Sep

Journalists protecting sources: When Don Martin willingly gave up his anonymous source

<p><strong>By Thomas Rose, Law Editor </strong></p><p>The value and credibility of modern journalism rests primarily on the belief that it exists to serve the public good. There is perhaps no greater demonstration of that principle than a reporter who is willing to suffer the consequences of not revealing a source who provides information the public should know about.</p>

25 Jul

Media go to court for access to Omar Khadr

<p><img alt="" class="imagecache-large inline-image" src=" Khadr_0.JPG" title="" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Image courtesy of Canadian Press</em></p><p><strong>By Tamara Baluja, Associate Editor</strong></p><p>The CBC, <em>Toronto Star</em> and documentary producer White Pine Pictures are taking the federal government to court to ask that Omar Khadr be allowed to be interviewed by the media.</p>

24 Feb

Is law enforcement turning journalists into agents of state surveillance?

<p><strong>By Thomas Rose, Law Editor</strong></p><p>They’re called "production orders" and they signal what may be a growing trend among law enforcement agencies to co-opt journalists into becoming agents of state surveillance.</p><p>Production orders occur when a judge agrees to a police request to compel media outlets to surrender material obtained by journalists in the course of preparing their news reports. </p>

10 Nov

Analyzing Rob Ford’s apologies

<p><strong>By Thomas Rose, J-Source Law Editor</strong><o:p></o:p></p><p>So, what do you think about Rob Ford’s apologies? Were they sincere? Did they display honest contrition? Are you convinced the mayor of Toronto is about to change his ways?<o:p></o:p></p>

27 Aug

Live blog: Everything you need to know about court reporting in real-time

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2 May

Opinion: On Brian Burke, journalism and Internet anonymity

<p><strong>By Thomas Rose</strong></p><p>Let’s face it; the reason most people are talking about Brian Burke right now is because he’s a well known powerful member of the hockey world who is defending himself against allegations of sexual impropriety involving a younger, attractive sportscaster who is not his wife.  If the case ever makes it to trial, and most cases involving defamation do not, the outcome will likely hinge on how the defence frames the issue. </p>

24 Sep

Court rulings dissect responsible communication defence

<p><em>It has been almost two years since the Supreme Court of Canada created the libel defence of responsible communication on matters of public interest -- long enough for at least three courts to weigh in on what journalists must do to meet its criteria. In this column in the upcoming issue of the CAJ's Media magazine, J-Source's law section editor <strong>Dean Jobb</strong> explores how the new defence is being interpreted.</em></p>

13 Sep

Ruling relaxes libel rules for political bloggers

<p>An Ontario judge has tossed a libel action against three political bloggers, arguing that web-based political discussions are forums for “the parry and thrust” of vigorous debate and participants whose reputations have been attacked should fight back with words, not legal action.</p>