Murray Brewster of the Canadian Press has an interesting angle on the media secrecy around Mellissa Fung’s kidnapping. An excerpt of the story:
“Keeping the public in the dark about what could have been a politically explosive incident – Fung was kidnapped two days before a federal election – has set “a huge precedent,” according to an expert in access to law information law.
“We are on a slippery slope because we are a democracy after all,” said Michel Drapeau, a former colonel.
“I thought it was just and proper to withhold the information about Ms. Fung and the danger here is whether government or the military now feel as though they can step in and say we won’t allow (the media) to make the decision and we’re going to make it for you.””
Previous J-Source posts on the case are here.