Protection of sources case goes to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case between media and police involving protection of media source. It relates to a brown envelope containing contentious information about Shawinigate (does every scandal, real or perceived, have to end in -gate?) Police want the envelope to investigate who leaked it; the media, recipients of the leak, don’t want to. Anyway, both the Globe and Post covered it today, but both seem blissfully unaware that just because a case goes to the Supreme Court doesn’t mean they will win it. There’s no telling if the Supremes will settle on either the media or police side. Stay tuned for this one; could be a serious precedent on protection of media sources, or at least provide some more clear guidelines than are now in place.

National Post, 26 September 2008


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