An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources): YB421-231/3-PDF

Loi modifiant la Loi sur la preuve au Canada et le Code criminel (protection des sources journalistiques).

“This enactment amends the Canada Evidence Act to protect the confidentiality of journalistic sources. It allows journalists to not disclose information or a document that identifies or is likely to identify a journalistic source unless the information or document cannot be obtained by any other reasonable means and the public interest in the administration of justice outweighs the public interest in preserving the confidentiality of the journalistic source. The enactment also amends the Criminal Code so that only a judge of a superior court of criminal jurisdiction or a judge within the meaning of section 552 of that Act may issue a search warrant relating to a journalist. It also provides that a search warrant can be issued only if the judge is satisfied that there is no other way by which the desired information can reasonably be obtained and that the public interest in the investigation and prosecution of a criminal offence outweighs the journalist’s right to privacy in the collection and dissemination of information. The judge must also be satisfied that these same conditions apply before an officer can examine, reproduce or make copies of a document obtained under a search warrant relating to a journalist”--Summary, p. ii.

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Department/Agency Parliament. Senate.
Title An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources)
Subtitle Loi modifiant la Loi sur la preuve au Canada et le Code criminel (protection des sources journalistiques).
Series Title Bill S-... ;
Publication Type Series - View Master Record
Language Bilingual-[English | French]
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Note Cover title. "As passed by the Senate April 11, 2017." Senate public bill: sponsor, Sen. Claude Carignan.
Date 2017.
Number of Pages ii, 6 p.
Catalogue Number
  • YB421-231/3-PDF
Subject Terms Criminal justice, Journalism, Legislation