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
"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