CAJ welcomes publication ban denial in Jane Creba murder case

    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
pleased by a court ruling that will allow journalists to report on the trial
of a man charged in the shooting death of teenager Jane Creba on a busy
downtown Toronto street.
    Ontario Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer dismissed requests from
lawyers to bar reporting on evidence in the trial, stating in his ruling that
the public's right to know outweighs the risk of preventing a fair trial in a
hearing to begin Monday, or in the subsequent trials of others charged.
    "We congratulate Justice Nordheimer for finding the right balance between
maintaining an open court and ensuring a fair trial for the defendants," CAJ
President Mary Agnes Welch said. "The CAJ hopes that this precedent will be
given due consideration by judges in future publication ban requests."
    The sweeping ban requested could have closed off the trial of a man who
was a minor at the time of the Boxing Day, 2005, shootout between two groups
of youths that left 15-year-old passerby Jane Creba dead and made national
    The CAJ believes that an open and accessible court system is the best way
for Canadians to ensure justice is carried out in the trial process.

    The CAJ is Canada's largest professional organization for journalists
from all media, with about 1,500 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary
roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and
public-interest advocacy.

For further information:

For further information: Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president, (204)
943-6575, Cell: (204) 470-8862; John Dickins, CAJ executive director, (613)
526-8061, Cell: (613) 868-5442

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