The Canadian Supreme Court ordered a Vice News correspondent to hand over his communication with Farah Shirdon, who was a late ISIL. Warrior charged with terrorism-related crimes.
In a unanimous decision issued on Friday, the court accepted the potential "chilling" effects of such a decision on both journalists and resources, but in this case "the state's interest in the investigation and prosecution of crime outweighs the media's right to privacy". Collect and spread the news.
Justice Michael Moldaver wrote that I had to continue the production order for Makuch's records because his work did not include "unrecorded" or "referring" speeches.
Tur Significantly, there is no suggestion that nothing that the resource says is intended or understood as a tan record “.
"The journalist's own behavior shows that the relationship is by no means confidential."
In a statement issued after the publication of the ruling, Vice described it as a "dark day for freedom of the press, which is a fundamental principle for democracy".
Reporter Makuch Makuch said the decision was "deeply disappointed".
EXPECTATION: In today's decision, I am deeply disappointed as a Canadian citizen and not as an objector or correspondent in this case. It was a really dark day for press freedom around the world at a time when journalism was undisputed everywhere.
– Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) November 30, 2018
Makuch, a national security newspaper with Vice News, contacted Shirdon in 2014. A year later, the police said he believed Shirdon had left Canada to fight ISIL in Syria in March 2014.
The journalist buried him in Shirdon's social media and eventually persuaded him to explain some of the ISIL's online recruitment strategies. This led to the publication of three articles, which ended Canada in the longstanding legal battle with the federal police force.
In 2015, the Royal Police Command of Canada (RCMP) provided information on the order (ITO) to obtain Vice News and Makuch to produce all communications with Shirdon, including messaging (chat), screen capture and other computer records.
Vice News went to court to appeal against the order, but lost.
.@rcmpgrcpoli by He's trying to force me to transfer information from my IS source. I said no. We're going to court now. https://t.co/lotmngnksz
– Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) October 30, 2015
In 2015, Shirdon was commissioned to resign in connection with terrorism, but is believed to have been killed in the US air strike that year.
Makuch received the support of numerous press freedom organizations during the legal war.
On Friday, CWA Canada, a union representing journalists, made a disturbing decision.
“I cannot adequately explain how troubled I am in this decision“ said CWA president Martin O & Hanlon.
"The police have an important job in protecting us from crime, but they cannot expect journalists to do this for them. The media is not a branch of the state, nor as it should be."
A spokeswoman for Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale said the ministry had reviewed the court's decision, according to the reports.
In a statement, the RCMP said it "respects the judicial process and the decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada and will not make further comments".
The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) said that the decision "constitutes a very alarming precedent and a blow to freedom of press in Canada".
"This order weakened the independence of journalism and prevented the transfer of resources to journalists.