CAJ blasts arrest of CBC Winnipeg cameraman



    OTTAWA, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
outraged at the arrest of a CBC cameraman by Winnipeg Police yesterday and is
urging police to drop charges against him.
    Winnipeg Police charged Don Scott, a 21-year veteran with the CBC, with
obstruction of a peace officer Wednesday after Scott filmed a police incident
that afternoon. Scott's camera and tape were confiscated in the arrest, and he
was held in custody for four hours.
    "This charge is baffling and we want it dropped. It appears as though
Scott was merely doing his job - what journalists do every day in this
country, bearing witness to the news as it happens," said CAJ President Mary
Agnes Welch.
    The CBC says Scott did not film any undercover officers or cross police
lines as he filmed the incident. He agreed to a police request to step further
away from the incident but refused to stop filming, according to the CBC.
    Winnipeg Police allege Scott refused to heed instructions to move beyond
a police perimeter.

    The CAJ is Canada's largest professional organization for journalists
from all media, with about 1,500 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary
roles are to provide high quality professional development for its members and
public-interest advocacy.





For further information:

For further information: Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president, (204)
943-6575, Cell: (204) 470-8862; Paul Schneidereit, CAJ past-president, (902)
426-1124; John Dickins, CAJ executive director, (613) 526-8061, Cell: (613)
868-5442


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