Journalist at risk of prison for having classified information after police search her home and office

first_imgNews Organisation News November 11, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Canada January 15, 2021 Find out more January 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist at risk of prison for having classified information after police search her home and office RSF_en On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia CanadaAmericas to go furthercenter_img News “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern over Canadian police action against journalist Juliet O’Neill, of the daily Ottawa Citizen, who faces a possible prison sentence for possessing classified information.The Canadian authorities said the journalist was suspected of breaching the Security of Information Act by using classified information. This law was passed after 11 September 2001 and its penalties include jail terms of up to 14 years for holding confidential government information.The international press freedom organisation called on the authorities to back down and to allow the protection of journalist’s sources.Officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrived at O’Neill’s home with a search warrant on 21 January. They seized personal property, her hard disk, files, adressbooks and notebooks. A further search was carried out simultaneously at her office. The court ordered all documents to be put under seal. The search was linked to an article by O’Neill that appeared on 8 November 2003 about the case of Syrian-Canadian citizen Maher Arar. She had investigated the implication that the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) were involved in his expulsion to Syria, under suspicion of links with al-Qaida. He later said he had been tortured by the Syrian authorities.Reporters Without Borders called for an immediate halt to the action against O’Neill and for her property to be returned to her.”Protection of sources is the cornerstone of press freedom,” said secretary general Robert Ménard. “If Juliet O’Neill received leaks from members of the security services, it is they who should be the subject of investigation not her,” he said in a letter to police commissioner Juliano Zacardelli.”This puts heavy pressure on journalists investigating the workings of national institutions, by which they are safeguarding democracy.”Reporters Without Borders also pointed out that Article 8 of the declaration of principles of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, said, “Every social communicator has the right to keep his/her source of information, notes, personal and professional archives confidential”. November 19, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Receive email alerts CanadaAmericas last_img read more

Summer Storm Series opens at Off Road Speedway

first_imgBy Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (May 7) – All four of the divisions getting the Summer Storm Dirt Series competi­tion saw the eventual race winner pull away from the pack Saturday at Off Road Speedway.Kyle Prauner pulled away to secure the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win, his second of the season at Norfolk. Ultimately, Dylan Pospisil won what became a three-car race for the runner-up spot, with Nelson Vollbrecht getting third ahead of Troy Bruns.Another runaway winner, Ron Pettitt, needed 10 laps to get to the front in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car race and then put plenty of distance between himself and second-place finisher John Had­cock during the final six laps. Chasing Hadcock to the finish line was Chad Bruns.Tejay Mielke powered his way to a convincing victory in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, his second in three nights of racing at Off Road Speedway, while Jeremy Hoskinson established a decisive second-place finish ahead of Tiffany Bittner.National points leader Ramsey Meyer won the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature for the second time this season, finishing ahead of Lance Mielke and Brooke Fluckiger.last_img read more