"A coalition of journalism organizations, including The Narwhal, has won a court victory over the RCMP’s actions at the Fairy Creek logging blockades in B.C."
"“This is, without question, a watershed moment in the history of Canadian press freedom advocacy.”
That’s the view of Brent Jolly, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, after a coalition of journalism organizations, including The Narwhal, won a hard-fought court victory over the RCMP’s actions at the Fairy Creek logging blockades.
It’s a huge win for the role of the media in holding police accountable — and The Narwhal played no small role in bringing about this key Supreme Court of B.C. decision. (All of the media outlets in the coalition were independent publications, from IndigiNews to Ricochet.)
Things came to a head in May, when the RCMP imposed restrictions on journalists seeking to report on arrests in “exclusion zones” set up by police to enforce a Teal-Jones injunction against protesters fighting old-growth logging on Vancouver Island. Not only that, but it turns out the RCMP provided incorrect information to both journalists and the court about the conflict."