The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada

Edited by Lisa Taylor and Cara-Marie O’Hagan

© 2017

Canadian news reports are riddled with accounts of Access to Information requests denied and government reports released with large swaths of content redacted.

The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada offers a vast array of viewpoints that critically analyze the application and interpretation of press freedom under the Charter of Rights. This collection, assiduously put together by editors Lisa Taylor and Cara-Marie O’Hagan, showcases the insights of leading authorities in law, journalism, and academia as well as broadcasters and public servants. The contributors explore the ways in which press freedom has been constrained by outside forces, like governmental interference, threats of libel suits, and financial constraints. These intersectional and multifaceted lines of inquiry provide the reader with a 360-degree assessment of press freedom in Canada while discouraging complacency among Canadian citizens. After all, an informed citizenry is a free citizenry.

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The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada offers a vast array of viewpoints that critically analyze the application and interpretation of press freedom under the Charter of Rights.

The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada

Edited by Lisa Taylor and Cara-Marie O’Hagan

© 2017

Canadian news reports are riddled with accounts of Access to Information requests denied and government reports released with large swaths of content redacted.

The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada offers a vast array of viewpoints that critically analyze the application and interpretation of press freedom under the Charter of Rights. This collection, assiduously put together by editors Lisa Taylor and Cara-Marie O’Hagan, showcases the insights of leading authorities in law, journalism, and academia as well as broadcasters and public servants. The contributors explore the ways in which press freedom has been constrained by outside forces, like governmental interference, threats of libel suits, and financial constraints. These intersectional and multifaceted lines of inquiry provide the reader with a 360-degree assessment of press freedom in Canada while discouraging complacency among Canadian citizens. After all, an informed citizenry is a free citizenry.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada is candid and thoughtful. It belongs in every journalism school library. It casts a wide net in asking why media fight [for a freer press], and more interestingly, why some don’t."


    Holly Doan
    Blacklocks Reporter, April 1, 2017

    ‘This is a must-read book for those interested in the fields of journalism and law. The material is presented in an accessible and organized manner, giving the collection broad appeal beyond individuals in those fields.’


    Laura Sayer
    Saskatchewan Law Review vol 81: 2018

    "The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada addresses press freedom from the perspective of people who are on the front lines, who are in the trenches fighting for press freedom. That’s a perspective that scholars ensconced in their ivory towers seldom encounter. The volume will be of interest to lots of people. The topics are fresh, the questions innovative, and the writing is very accessible."


    David Pritchard, Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Author Information

    Lisa Taylor, a former lawyer, is a faculty member in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. She spent more than a decade as a CBC Radio & Television journalist where her work was recognized by the Gemini Awards, the Atlantic Journalism Awards, and the B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Awards.



    Cara-Marie O’Hagan is the director of policy for the office of the Ontario Minister of Finance. She is formerly the director of the Ryerson Law Research Centre.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Press Freedom in Canada
    Lisa Taylor

    Part I: Press Freedom and Internal Pressures

    Chapter 1: The Real Danger to Press Freedom
    Tony Burman

    Chapter 2: Exploring How Emerging Digital Business Models and Journalistic Innovation May Influence Freedom of the Press
    Leigh Felesky

    Chapter 3: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation and Freedom of the Press in Canada
    Normand Landry

    Chapter 4: Process Journalism and Responsible Communication: Establishing Real-Time Reporting Practices that Defend Against Defamation
    Tim Currie

    Chapter 5: Freedom of Expression, Entertainment, Hate Speech, and Defamation: Where Do We Draw the Line?
    Anne-Marie Gingras

    Part II: Press Freedom and Court Processes

    Chapter 6: Free Expression at Thirty – The Search for Respect
    Daniel Henry

    Chapter 7: Has Dagenais-Mentuck Seen Its High-Water Mark?
    Ryder Gilliland

    Chapter 8: How the Criminal Code "Protects" Sexual Assault Complainants from Themselves and Constrains Their Participation in the News Media
    Lisa Taylor

    Chapter 9: Must News Reporters Be Guerilla Lawyers to Protect Their Rights? Covering the Canadian Justice System in Small Communities
    Robert Koopmans

    Part III: Press Freedom and Institutional Secrecy

    Chapter 10: Freedom of Information: How Accountability to the Public Is Denied
    Fred Vallance-Jones

    Chapter 11: Municipal Access to Information, Delays, and Denials: An Insider’s View
    Suzanne Craig

    Chapter 12: Unfettered Social Media versus Government Censorship: Mona Eltahawy’s Twitter Escape as a Test Case for Press Freedom
    Gavin Adamson

    Chapter 13: Media Whining or Democratic Crisis? How Institutional Secrecy Is Contextualized in National Newspapers
    Bruce Gillespie

    Part IV: Press Freedom and the Charter

    Chapter 14: Section 2(b)’s Other Fundamental Freedom: The Press Guarantee, 1982–2012
    Jamie Cameron

    Chapter 15: The View from Down Under: Freedom of the Press in Canada
    James Allan

    Conclusion: Use It or Lose It: Do Canadians Deserve Press Freedom?
    Ivor Shapiro

    Bibliography

    Contributors