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Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Act for Freedom. Toronto, ON: Canadian Civil Liberties Association, 2010.


A distinctive cluster of appeals has made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada in the last year or so. These cases raise a variety of issues under section 2(b) of the Charter; and while some relate specifically to freedom of expression, others present important questions about freedom of the press and the media. There are no less than six cases in a group which asks the Court to consider how newsgathering promotes the accountability and transparency of parliamentary government in Canada. Democratic self-goverrmrient is indisputably at the core of section 2(b)'s underlying values, and newsgathering is likewise a core element of a free and vital press. For freedom of the press to have meaning, the newsgathering function must remain free from interference by the state.

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