Reporter’s contempt conviction overturned

A Canadian reporter’s contempt of court conviction for refusing to reveal a confidential source has been overturned on appeal. The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled today that reporter Ken Peters of the Hamilton Spectator had rights under the charter to protect his source.  He refused to divulge his source during a 2004 civil trial and was ordered to pay more than $30,000 in legal costs. That fine was set aside by today’s ruling.