Media Advisory - Libel and contempt cases spark discussion about changing
laws at CJF event February 16

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued two landmark rulings offering a new protection for journalists, and two upcoming decisions may go even further by extending journalists' ability to protect the identity of their confidential sources. The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) will host a panel discussion featuring media lawyer Paul Schabas, leading defamation counsel Peter Downard and the head of CBC News' Investigative Unit Harvey Cashore to examine the benefits and the risks of changing laws. "Defending Against Libel and Contempt" takes place on Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m., at Innis Town Hall in Toronto.

The panel will be moderated by Geoff Stevens. The discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception in the adjacent cafe. Tickets are available at http://cjflibelcontempt.eventbrite.com.

WHO:

    
    -   media lawyer Paul Schabas;
    -   leading defamation counsel Peter Downard;
    -   head of CBC News' Investigative Unit Harvey Cashore;
    -   political columnist Geoff Stevens
    

WHAT: The ground has shifted for journalists at risk of libel and other lawsuits. The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued two landmark rulings offering a new protection for journalists: a "public interest" defence against libel. And two upcoming decisions may go even further by extending journalists' ability to protect the identity of their confidential sources without being in contempt of court. CJF Forums welcome media lawyer Paul Schabas, leading defamation counsel Peter Downard and the head of CBC News' Investigative Unit Harvey Cashore to examine the benefits and the risks of changing laws. The panel will be moderated by Geoff Stevens.

WHERE: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Presentation 6:30-8:00 p.m., Reception 8:00-9:00

Thank you to CJF Forums Exclusive Series Sponsor: BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

SOURCE News - Media

For further information: For further information: Heather McCall, Programs Manager, CJF, (416) 955-0630 or hmccall@cjf-fjc.ca


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