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Radio Canada Journalist Ordered to Identify Leaker

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Quebec Superior Court ruling will force Investigative Journalist to testify in criminal trial

By Julia Page, Claire Loewen, CBC News Posted: Mar 22, 2018 

Radio-Canada investigative reporter Marie-Maude Denis was ordered to reveal who leaked information to her about collusion in the awarding of public contracts.

Radio-Canada investigative reporter Marie-Maude Denis was ordered to reveal who leaked information to her about collusion in the awarding of public contracts. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

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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.

Without the promise of confidentiality, she said, it would be impossible for journalists to do their jobs. “If we start revealing our sources, no one will trust us,” she told CBC News.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. It would seem that any court that would order a reporter to “out” their sources must be in the pocket of the government. Far from impartial.

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