Hanging the Sin Eater: International Criminal Law’s Failure to Engage with the Role of Media in a Criminal State.

Mark Bourrie MJ JD PhD Barrister and Solicitor, Ottawa, Canada Mainstream news media play an important role in the political system. They can use their authoritative voices to give domestic and foreign legitimacy to regimes. In contrast, fringe press is easily identified by its partisanship and refusal to give space to contrasting opinions. Fringe media … Read moreHanging the Sin Eater: International Criminal Law’s Failure to Engage with the Role of Media in a Criminal State.

Canadaland’s WE obsession: Foreshadowing Jesse Brown’s Attempt to Take Down a Children’s Charity

The next chapter in the bizarre saga of Canadaland trying to take down a children’s charity is about to be written. I’m going to give you a sneak preview of the picture Jesse Brown will be trying to paint this time, based on answers to questions I sent to WE and Canadaland. I have spent … Read moreCanadaland’s WE obsession: Foreshadowing Jesse Brown’s Attempt to Take Down a Children’s Charity

Arthur Kent v Don Martin: A Cautionary Tale as We Head into Election Season

We’re heading into a federal election, and this campaign looks especially nasty. This column is a warning for journalists and political insiders to stay focused on facts and to deal fairly. The alternative is to risk writing a take-down of a politician that could lead to a (admittedly rare, for a column written in a … Read moreArthur Kent v Don Martin: A Cautionary Tale as We Head into Election Season

Parody sites can be whacked for IP breaches

A web site that parodied the Journal de Montreal has been whacked with a $23,500 judgment for  trademark infringement. The judge took the site’s profits from the parody (plus costs). That means college papers that traditionally do spoof issues must be careful to make sure their parodies don’t look too much like the real thing. … Read moreParody sites can be whacked for IP breaches

How long can Jesse Brown keep up his vendetta against a children’s charity? (Hint: It’s not over)

 I was in Toronto in early May for the 2019 Toronto Watchdog Workshop on investigative journalism. The weekend event included several excellent panel discussions including Julian Sheer on Mastering the Investigate Interview, and Writing the Investigative Narrative with Susanne Craig from The New York Times. A draw for me was the final session of the … Read moreHow long can Jesse Brown keep up his vendetta against a children’s charity? (Hint: It’s not over)

Lobby group, unions, journalists’ associations will decide who gets media bailout money

The federal government has announced the organizations that will appoint people to the committee that will decide who’s eligible for bailout money. The lobby group that pushed for the bailout is on the committee. So is the Canadian Association of Journalists, a group that has relatively few members among working journalists, and is mainly made … Read moreLobby group, unions, journalists’ associations will decide who gets media bailout money

Getting rid of CBC News: Is it still Conservative policy?

When he was running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer said he’d get rid of CBC’s public affairs department. For many years, people in the rank and file of the Conservatives, and its predecessor parties, the Reform Party and the Progressive Conservatives, had been advocating for big cuts to the … Read moreGetting rid of CBC News: Is it still Conservative policy?

More media bloodletting as Globe announces buyouts, CTV cuts newsroom, TVO budget cut

The Globe and Mail has offered buyouts to staffers to try to cut $10 million a year from its payroll. A big buyout, in 2013, saw the paper lose some of its best newsroom talent. Kirk Makin, Canada’s premier justice and legal reporter, left the paper, along with several top investigative reporters like Stan Oziewicz, … Read moreMore media bloodletting as Globe announces buyouts, CTV cuts newsroom, TVO budget cut

We get letters — Re: Jesse Brown and WE

From a senior school administrator in Ontario: Thank you for your recent article concerning the journalism of Canadaland, especially as it related to its articles about and against Free the Children and WE. I am particularly concerned by what seems to be a blatant and biased attack on the organization and on its co-founders by … Read moreWe get letters — Re: Jesse Brown and WE