Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Canadian Judge Bans Publication of Internet Addresses

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.

See that ban here. Read more about the British Columbia case here.

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