Huge victory for freedom of the press

The Globe reports that the Quebec Court of Appeal judges unanimously overturned a lower court ruling preventing La Press from reporting about talks to recoup federal money paid out in the sponsorship scandal. This bodes well for the Globe itself, which will argue against a similar lower court ruling in Ontario on the same issue.

Mr. Justice Allan Hilton wrote that “banning journalists from using confidential information would seriously limit, if not crush, their ability to probe and gather information. Such reasoning would have made impossible journalistic investigations such the one that uncovered the dubious management of the sponsorship program.”

Globe and Mail, August 14 2009

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