March 01, 2016

RCMP vs. VICE Canada: Using courts to erode press freedom sets dangerous precedent

Brian LilleyArchive

Recently, Rebel faced press freedom issues as the Notley NDP tried to block us from events. Many in the media stood with us and now VICE Canada is facing much graver consequences if the courts don’t side with them in their press freedom fight. 

Journalist Ben Makuch was able to interview former Calgary resident and suspected Islamic State militant, Mohamed Farook Shirdon, by tracking him down using social media.

While it’s understandable why the mounties want to speak with this terrorist who has threatened Canada, they shouldn’t be forcing a media outlet to hand over information on a source because it would set a dangerous precedent.

If you believe in free media and you stood with Rebel, then it’s time to stand with VICE.

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commented 2016-03-02 12:21:47 -0500
If an alt-media journalist can track this on-line Jihidi down, what’s that say about RCMP cyber capability?

Just the police bully reflex at work here – path of least resistance is intimidation rather than police work. Goon some little wiggler into giving up info you should already have if you spent any energy on the investigation.

Frik, if this was US intel they’d already have coordinates on his cell phone signal and a drone would do the rest – there jihad that ya raggedy-assed punk. What message does it send to these dollar store Jihadis when the nation’s police force admits some dorky media drone knows more about our enemies than they do.

Time for the RCMP to drop the Tim Bits and do some police work.
commented 2016-03-02 10:56:21 -0500
What does anything matter now that Canadians elected Trudeau?
commented 2016-03-02 01:14:34 -0500
I agree , even if i despised vice i would support them in this battle.
commented 2016-03-01 20:02:40 -0500
Are there not laws that allow the Press to protect their informants?

If Vice Rats on this Guy, the cell phones will be ringing and there will be another Press Office shot to hell.
commented 2016-03-01 18:44:11 -0500
Freedom of information, freedom of the press and a secret ballot are the thee pillars of freedom and democracy
take on down Freedom and democracy crumbles
United we stand divided we fall
There is strength in numbers RISE CANADA
commented 2016-03-01 18:26:32 -0500
1) rcmp is too busy making burkas for themselves
2) trudeau administration is probably sending him monthly subscription of that passport because canadian is a canadian is a canadian
commented 2016-03-01 17:54:06 -0500
The RCMP have become another political “tool” of the left! I don’t trust the RCMP or the police anymore, and haven’t in many years. Once they allowed women in, it all went to hell.
commented 2016-03-01 16:13:08 -0500
Who is the source he’s protecting? Seems like it’s just the reporter and the terrorist involved here.
commented 2016-03-01 16:03:35 -0500
The RCMP have become the Keystone Cops. The High River gun grab said a lot about the RCMP. I wouldn’t give a Mountie the time of day.
commented 2016-03-01 16:03:06 -0500
The RCMP should do their own homework. If a Vice reporter can find him why couldn’t the RCMP. What would there be to tell them anyway, as Brian pointed out they make sure they are not sitting ducks. The media isn’t there to do the work of police or government.
commented 2016-03-01 15:45:00 -0500
Media Sources need to stay confedential for all of the Rights of Canadians’, we don’t want to get a Police State started like they have in the States!
Brian is right and I stand with Vice!
commented 2016-03-01 15:44:42 -0500
this is merely the opening salvo of government’s ultimate desire to control of ALL communication. While I personally believe the shirdon is human garbage, Vice still has no responsibility to cooperate with the government proxy bullies of the rcmp.
commented 2016-03-01 15:34:47 -0500
Apple cooperates with China all the time. Google too. Microsoft.

And questions are arising whether the aforementioned are working with Russian security apparatuses.
commented 2016-03-01 15:32:28 -0500
Somalian btw. Not Canadian.
commented 2016-03-01 15:31:25 -0500
Did Vice support Sun News or The Rebel?

Just sayin’.
commented 2016-03-01 15:09:15 -0500
It’s difficult for the RCMP, CSIS, and CSEC to effectively protect us when so many politicians are able to stifle their efforts. Let’s just go after the bad guys in order to make our country safe for the law abiding citizens again.
commented 2016-03-01 15:06:19 -0500
This once great and respected police force has become a total farce, mostly at the top.
There should be a total cleansing of this shameful organization starting with Paulson and down to every commander.
These so called police leaders are nothing more than political hacks with political agendas.
commented 2016-03-01 14:55:32 -0500
Sorry – after the flood and firearm seizure in southern Alberta – I would never lift a finger to help an RCMP investigation.
commented 2016-03-01 14:43:38 -0500
Why can’t the RCMP stage an interview – effectively doing the same as Vice? Lazy government bastards.