Protect sources, CAJ urges

The Canadian Association of Journalists is speaking out against court rulings that could compel journalists in Quebec and Ontario to reveal their sources. On Jan. 22, 2008 a federal court judge ordered two La Presse reporters to reveal the source of a document leaked about a suspect being held on a security certificate. CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch warns the order could have “a chilling effect” on sources. The association also announced it will intervene in an appeal that could overturn a 2004 finding that Hamilton Spectator reporter Ken Peters was in contemopt of court when he refused to name a source. Read the press releases on the the La Presse and Peters cases.