Monday, June 13, 2005
The Globe and Mail reports that a British Columbia judge has issued a publication ban on the reporting of Internet addresses in order to preserve a defendant's right to a fair trial under Section 11 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Publications bans are a common method of limiting pre-trial publicity and publicity during trials, but since the advent of the Internet seem to have had less and less impact as interested Canadians check websites for news of high-profile trials. While Canadian media generally respect publication bans, non-Canadian media, particularly U.S. journalists, do not, and have been notorious for publishing information about such proceedings. The latest high-profile trial in which U. S. media outlets provided such news was the Gomery case.