TITLE

'It Felt Like Slow-Motion Robbery'

AUTHOR(S)
O'Neill, Juliet
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Spring2004, Vol. 58 Issue 1, p56
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This section reprints the article, It Felt Like Slow-Motion Robbery by Juliet O'Neill, published in the January 2004 issue of the periodical The Citizen. On January 21, 2004, officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) searched the home of O'Neill, a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen. The RCMP search warrant alleged that O'Neill violated Section 4 of the Security of Information Act by using secret documents to report a study about Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen, arrested in the U.S. as a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist. The RCMP conducted its criminal investigation in an effort to learn the identity of O'Neill's sources in obtaining information from the secret documents. The newspaper's owner, CanWest Global Communications Corp., launched a court challenge against the raid on O'Neill's home and office, attacking the constitutional validity of Section 4. According to CanWest lawyers, this section jeopardizes and interferes with journalist's ability to receive information from confidential sources on matters of grave public concern and importance. This criminal offense carries a 14-year prison term.
ACCESSION #
12828827

 

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