Melissa Cox

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CPJ calls on Canadian police to allow journalists to freely cover matters of public interest

CPJ writes to the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to express concern at the treatment of journalists covering protests against the construction of a gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory, and to urge that the RCMP allow them to do their job and report freely on matters of public interest.

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Police are seen at a demonstration of supporters of the indigenous Wet'suwet'en Nation in Montreal, Canada, on February 25, 2020. Canadian police recently arrested U.S. documentary filmmaker Melissa Cox. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi)

Canadian police arrest journalist and filmmaker Melissa Cox as she reports on rail blockade

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2020 — Canadian authorities should not file charges against journalist and filmmaker Melissa Cox, and should ensure that the press can freely cover matters of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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