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In 'Affront to Freedom of the Press,' Canadian Journalist Faces Criminal Charges for Covering Protest


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In 'Affront to Freedom of the Press,' Canadian Journalist Faces Criminal Charges for Covering Protest

Julia Conley, staff writer

Press freedom advocates are raising awareness about the plight of Justin Brake, a journalist who is facing unprecedented charges in Newfoundland, Canada, more than a year after he covered a protest at a construction site for a controversial dam.

Brake embedded with Indigenous demonstrators at the Muskrat Falls dam project in Labrador in October 2016. The protesters, who fear contaminants that could flow from the dam, violated an injunction by cutting through a lock on a gate and entering the project site. Brake followed them, livestreaming the action for several days.


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Without public protest we get what we see now increasing. Comfortable in that situation?


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Apparently, he’s not facing criminal charges for covering the protest. He’s being charged with violating an injunction that prohibited protesters from trespassing onto the site. Other media stopped at the gate and covered the protest from there. I guess his activist side got the better of him.


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CD covers issues in the US, and sometimes Canada, as separate entities from the rest of the world. However, despite their different governments, more and more top down behavior is the same. Big government and big business have less and less concern for people all over the world. They have a great need to keep their movements toward imperialism unfettered and away from the public eye. This is globalization, and it ain’t pretty.


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Brake embedded with Indigenous demonstrators at the Muskrat Falls dam project in Labrador in October 2016. The protesters, who fear contaminants that could flow from the dam, violated an injunction by cutting through a lock on a gate and entering the project site. Brake followed them, livestreaming the action for several days.

For merely doing his job, the reporter is now fighting criminal and civil charges. Brake could face up to 10 years in prison in addition to fines and mounting legal fees.

I would say that the role of this journalist was to “embed” with the protesters and to follow them.

Evidently, it’s only OK for journalists to embed with our MIC and tell their story to propagandize the public to go to, or to continue to escalate “illegal wars of aggression.”

Memories from NY Times and … was it Judith Miller?

NY Times Reporter’s Role in Iraq Questioned


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Harper changed Canada, probably the reason he was elected (selected). Will Canadians be able to recover from it?


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Unfortunately we will also get it with public protest. Public protest, by itself, is not, as far as I can tell, a particularly effective political lever.