CJFE Welcomes Supreme Court Decision in Daniel Leblanc Case



    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
welcomes the Supreme Court decision today to consider whether Globe and Mail
reporter Daniel Leblanc must reveal the confidential source that led him to
the sponsorship scandal.
    Leblanc's work on the $100-million federal sponsorship scandal was a
pivotal piece of journalism that changed the course of Canadian history. The
series was based on information provided by a source Leblanc has only referred
to by the code name Ma Chouette.
    One of the companies that allegedly overbilled the government is seeking
Ma Chouette's identity as part of its defense in a multi-million dollar
lawsuit. The Globe and Mail argues that forcing Leblanc to reveal this source
would violate freedom of expression guarantees in the Charter of Rights.
    The Leblanc case goes to the heart of journalism's role in a democracy.
"This is a perfect example of why journalists must sometimes rely on anonymous
sources to further the wellbeing of society," said CJFE Board member and
journalist Kelly Toughill. "We are very pleased that the Supreme Court will
consider Leblanc's appeal."
    The Leblanc case is set to be heard on October 21, 2009. In advance, CJFE
hopes that its intervention as part of a media coalition in tomorrow's hearing
on a similar case - The National Post, Matthew Fraser & Andrew McIntosh v. The
Queen, will provide a successful precedent.

    Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is an association of more
than 300 journalists, editors, publishers, producers, students and others who
work to promote and defend free expression and press freedom in Canada and
abroad. www.cjfe.org




For further information:

For further information: contact CJFE Manager, Julie Payne at (416)
515-9622 x. 226


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