Justin Brake Scores a Victory in Court

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Court of Appeal recently dismissed a civil charge of contempt against Justin Brake, a journalist.

The Court of Appeal — which overturned a lower court ruling — delivered its verdict on March 28, 2019.

In 2016, Mr. Brake followed protesters onto the construction site of a hydroelectric dam at Muskrat Falls in Labrador. He was reporting news for The Independent.

Mr. Brake still faces criminal charges of mischief and disobeying a court order.

 

REPORTAGE

Holly McKenzie-Sutter of the Canadian Press reports:

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/03/29/landmark-n-l-ruling-defends-press-freedom-and-coverage-of-indigenous-issues/

 

CBC News reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/justin-brake-civil-charge-1.5075957

 

Kathleen Martens of APTN News reports:

https://aptnnews.ca/2019/03/28/justin-brakes-case-a-win-for-journalistic-freedom/

 

COMMENTARY

In the Winnipeg Free Press, Shannon Sampert writes:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/press-freedom-under-siege-at-home-and-abroad-509044462.html