Journalists, Leaks and Our Freedom to Read

Tuesday, February 17, 2004
The Vancouver Chapter of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is holding a panel discussion on the latest threat to your freedom to read on February 25, 2004. When the RCMP raided the home and office of Ottawa Citizen journalist Juliet O'Neill, many said they had gone to far to cover up an embarrassing leak inside their own organization. They used the provisions of the post 9/11 Bill C-36, Security of Information Act, Section 4. Under this law it is a crime in Canada for anyone to retain "for any purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of the State any official document...when he has no right to retain it." Journalist argue that the right to protect the confidentiality of sources is a key pillar of media freedom as outlined in Section 2 of the Charter of Rights, and that media freedom is a pillar of our democracy itself. Judges and the Prime Minister have agreed. But not everyone, including Public Security Minister Anne McLellan and the RCMP see it that way. Join our panel for what promises to be a lively debate to mark Freedom to Read Week, 7:30pm on Feb 25 in the Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. Panel members are: # Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun Reporter # Charles Campbell, former editor of the Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Sun Entertainment Page # Richard Rosenberg - Professor, Compute Sciences Department, UBC and Vice-President Electronic Frontier Canada # Michael A. Skene, Media Lawyer and Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Call 604 331-3602 for more information. Co-sponsored by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Vancouver Public Library, and the BC Library Association. Admission is Free.

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