Responsible journalism and the Ontario ruling

There is no defence at all for “irresponsible journalism,” wrote Toronto Star public editor Kathy English in a weekend column,What is responsible journalism on matters of public interest?

A recent Ontario court ruling “puts that question at the forefront of both journalism and the laws that affect Canadian media. And, as both the newsrooms and courtrooms across this country seek to answer it in coming years, it’s likely that journalism itself will be on trial,” said English. “It’s also likely that journalists will hold themselves accountable to higher ethical standards than ever before. In fact, we must.”