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Canada's Supreme Court has ruled Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch must hand over details of communication with a source. (VICE News)

Major setback for press freedom in Canada

December 7, 2018 12:05 AM ET

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Canada's Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling that Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch should hand over his communications with a source. CPJ joins eight other organizations in condemning the lack of justice in the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, one year after three arrests were made in connection with the case. CPJ participates in the "Journalism Under Fire" conference organized by the Santa Fe Council on International Relations in New Mexico.

Global press freedom updates

  • Nicaraguan police raid independent Radio Darío
  • Mexican journalist shot dead in Nayarit
  • CPJ's Emergencies Response Team releases a safety advisory for journalists covering civil unrest in France and Belgium
  • Read the latest Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ's weekly round-up of press freedom violations in the country

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With the upcoming release of CPJ's annual prison census, let's not forget the people behind the figures. CPJ's 2018 #FreeThePress campaign highlighted the cases of five journalists imprisoned around the world. Four of them remain behind bars. Show your solidarity by sending a message of support to an imprisoned journalist -- raise your voice, and help CPJ to #FreeThePress!

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