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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Canadian high court ruled journalists lack right to shield confidential sources
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On May 7, 2010, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that journalists do not have an automatic right to shield their sources and that decisions on who is entitled to remain anonymous will be made on a case by case basis. The ruling upheld an order requiring a former National Post reporter to turn over evidence to police in connection with an ongoing investigation. In addition to ruling on the merits of the case, the court issued standards to be used in deciding future cases involving confidential sources. The court indicated that in the future a balancing of interests should occur. The court also noted that, due to the numerous forms of alternative media in use today, it would be impracticable to apply a broad rule to every situation.

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