Terror trial by media?

The so-called “Toronto 18” terrorism case has generated sensational headlines and controversy. Are the news media, somewhat shackled by a publication ban, contributing to the problem by unbalanced and sensational coverage? That’s what Beenish Gaya, sister of one of the suspects, thinks. She cites evidence — most of it absent from media reports — putting the details of the alleged plot in a more benign light. A Toronto Star editorial supports the case for more skeptical and vigilant coverage of the way the case is being handled.

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