Monday, June 12, 2006

Canada? High profile case? Do I hear publication ban?

Well, who didn't see this coming a mile off? A justice of the peace has imposed a publication ban on the proceedings against the Toronto terrorism suspects.

I appreciate that there may be issues of national security which may need to be considered (although that does not appear to be what motivated it), but a blanket publication ban seems unnecessary. I'm not sure at what point it was decided that there is no need for transparency in our justice system. It seems that any time there is a case in this country that might actually receive some public scrutiny, the courts decide that we won't get the opportunity. The public and the media has been far too tolerant of this limit on free speech in the past. This trial is too important to be held behind closed doors. Canadians must demand that the courts be publicly accountable, it is the only way to ensure that the system is functioning as it should.

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