Police search warrants undermines public trust: CAJ

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is outraged the Vancouver Police Department has issued search warrants to several media outlets in order to seize videotape and photographs of the riot that followed the June Stanley Cup final.

Police claim they need footage to help find those responsible for damage caused to vehicles and businesses in the downtown core following the Vancouver loss to Boston. The CAJ feels issuing these warrants - which include the CBC, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Globe and Mail, Global TV and CTV - is unacceptable and undermines the public's trust in media.

"The journalist's role is to provide information to the public - not to the police," said CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues. "Any attempt to involve the media in obtaining information that could lead to arrests is an attack on the free press and the journalist's constitutionally protected role as an independent observer."

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with some 800 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary role is to provide public-interest advocacy and high quality professional development for its members.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information:

Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president - 519-756-2020 ext. 2226
Dale Bass, CAJ vice-president and B.C. representative - 250-374-7467


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