Vice reporter must give RCMP material about accused terrorist: Supreme Court - 680 NEWS
A Vice Media reporter must give the RCMP material he gathered for stories about an accused terrorist, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a case that pitted press freedoms against the investigative powers of police. In its 9-0 ruling Friday, the high court said the state’s interest in prosecuting crime outweighed the media’s right to privacy in gathering the news when all the factors in play were taken into account. Vice Media said the decision made it a “dark day for press freedom,” and Martin O’Hanlon, president of media union CWA Canada, said he was “devastated.”. This puts a real chill now on the ability of journalists to do their job with sources — because what source now is going to speak to a journalist knowing that their information can be handed over to the police?”.