Court Rules Against VICE in Press Freedom Case

VICE will seek to fight the ruling ordering a journalist to hand over source material at the Supreme Court of Canada.

by Rachel Browne
Mar 22 2017, 5:42pm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling ordering a VICE News reporter to hand over his communications with a source to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a decision the company says it plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

"Simply put, this isn't over," VICE Canada president Ryan Archibald said on Wednesday in a statement. "VICE Media is prepared to do whatever it takes to support and defend our reporter, and our friend, Ben Makuch. His investigations into the complex world of cyber terrorism and digital security matter more now than ever."

The decision released Wednesday morning is already being criticized as a further erosion of press freedoms in Canada.

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