Blogs make mockery of publication bans


The judge handling Robert William Pickton’s murder trial has issued rulings on what journalists can and can’t report, such as the names of undercover police officers and evidence discussed when the jury is not in the courtroom. But these routine publication bans are leading to silliness in the coverage, now that blogs allow anyone with Internet access to be a reporter, David Reevely of the Ottawa Citizen‘s editorial board argues in this January 29, 2007 commentary.