Re: Now this is a real attempt, to control the media...May 6th, 2011
One example would be, that a person cannot criticize a specific judge for a ruling on a
specific case, that in any way impugns the reputation of the judge.
Now to get to this case. A media outlet upon due diligence may release a story with some
sketchy details. However if those details turn out to be incorrect or infer there was wrong
doing and there was not it leaves the media outlet open to a lot suit or it can also be
disciplined by the CRTC.
In this case as I read the paper today locally, the police, in fact never contemplated any charges
period. They had no evidence of any wrong doing, and police recommended no charges of any
kind to the Crown Council. The case was for a moment in time mentioned at the time and died.
Therefore, it was a non story. Now as it turns out the name of the officer who wrote the notes is
known and his name was published in the Capital News today, I can't remember his name.
However there is speculation the person who released the information to Sun Media may or may
not have been the same person. On day two of this story it was announced that Layton's Lawyer
was contemplating a law suit, and still are. In addition the RCMP are looking into the matter as a
criminal breach of trust. If the notes did not amount to charges or an ongoing investigation and
are used in this manner, it may or may not be a criminal breach, because those documents are
confidential, as they are investigative notes and not part of the public domain.
I hope the police continue and if found to be a breach they newsperson would have to give the
name of the contact and it goes from there. If a criminal act has been committed there is no
assumption of confidentiality. CDNBear that is what I am talking about.
National Security is not the only material that is kept confidential because if it is not true or is a
breach of civil law it can come back to haunt the person who releases a story without having
proof that someone did something wrong. And that is at it should be.