OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
disappointed by a Supreme Court decision upholding limits on the way
journalists cover the courts.
This morning, Canada's highest court upheld Quebec rules that bar the
media from broadcasting audio recordings of court proceedings. The
court also upheld rules limiting where reporters can interview
witnesses and lawyers inside the courthouse. The court said these rules
were a reasonable restriction to the freedom of expression rights in
The CBC challenged those rules and the CAJ was part of a media coalition
that intervened in the case.
"We recognize the need to protect the court's decorum and the fair
administration of justice, but making courts as open and transparent as
possible ultimately does just that," said CAJ President Mary Agnes
Welch. "Instead of blanket rules, the Supreme Court could have
advocated for more flexibility, such as publication bans tailored to a
The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for
journalists from all media, representing about 800 members across the
country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality
professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists
For further information:
Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president (204) 697-7590, cell (204) 470-8862
Elizabeth Thompson, national director, (613) 715-9017