Posted on Jul. 20, 2021
Today’s decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court to grant an application to modify an injunction, which was brought forward by the Canadian Association of Journalists, in partnership with a coalition of news organizations and press freedom groups, is a resounding affirmation of media rights and the vital role journalism plays in upholding the public interest.
The press coalition had asked the court to add a clause to the injunction order granted to logging company Teal Jones in April, instructing the RCMP not to interfere with media access absent a bona fide operational reason for doing so.
In his decision, Justice Thompson agreed with the press coalition, stating: “I am not satisfied that geographically extensive exclusion zones, and associated access checkpoints, have been justified as reasonably necessary in order to give the police the space they need.”