One of (Quebec’s) most prominent investigative journalists has been ordered by Quebec Superior Court to reveal who leaked confidential information to her.
Radio-Canada’s Marie-Maude Denis was told, in a ruling handed down Thursday, that she must identify the sources she used for a story that alleged collusion in the awarding of public contracts.
The broadcaster has announced it will appeal the decision. Michel Cormier, Radio-Canada’s head of news and current affairs, said it threatens the public’s right to be informed.
“The protection of confidential sources is fundamental to investigative journalism,” Cormier said in a statement.
Denis said journalists have a duty to dig through confidential information and inform the public when it is in their interest.