Supreme Court Sides with CBC in Publication Ban Case

Supreme Court Sides with CBC in Publication Ban Case

By The Canadian Press

A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on April 4, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says the CBC should not have been ordered to remove stories identifying a murdered Alberta girl from its online archives.

The high court made the decision today in a case that touches on the issue of publishing in the digital era.

In early March 2016, the CBC published two articles that included the name and photo of a 14-year-old girl who was found murdered in an apartment building in Edson, Alta.

When the accused made a court appearance days later, the judge issued a publication ban on any information that might identify the victim.

However, the CBC refused to take down the articles posted to its website before the ban and the Crown sought an order citing the broadcaster for criminal contempt as well as an interim injunction for removal of the stories.

A judge rejected the request for an injunction, but the province’s Court of Appeal overturned that decision — prompting the broadcaster to head to the Supreme Court.

In a separate proceeding, the CBC was found not guilty of criminal contempt in May 2017 for refusing to remove the news stories.

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