RTDNA Canada concerned after police raid reporter’s home

Mar 15, 2012

March 15, 2012 - RTDNA Canada – The Association of Electronic Journalists – is worried about the chilling effect a police raid on a Montreal reporter's home could have on journalists in Quebec and across Canada. Le Journal reporter Eric-Yvan LeMay had reported about confidential medical files that were easily accessible in the hallways of several hospitals.

"Reporters in Canada should not have to fear that covering such stories in the public interest will result in police search and seizure, and the threat of criminal charges" said RTDNA Canada President Andy LeBlanc. "Such actions are an impediment to the important role journalists have in a democracy."

RTDNA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists and news managers in Canada.  The members of RTDNA Canada recognize the responsibility of electronic journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions, opinions and ideas. The RTDNA Canada Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in the profession.

For more information, contact RTDNA Canada:

For further information:

Sherry Denesha, Operations Manager, RTNDA Canada at (416) 756-2213 or sherry@rtndacanada.com or Andy LeBlanc, President, RTNDA Canada at (506) 325-4705 or president@rtndacanada.com

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