N.S. courts withdraw media accreditation plan

Nova Scotia’s courts have withdrawn a controversial plan to accredit journalists and mete out unspecified punishment to journalists deemed to have violated guidelines on access to hearings and documents. It marked the first time Canadian judges claimed the power to decide who’s a journalist and to punish the media outside the normal court process. Terrence McEachern, a journalism student at the University of King’s College, filed this report on opposition to the proposal for the November 21, 2008 edition of the Halifax Commoner, a weekly newspaper published by students in the school’s newspaper workshop.