4 March 2008


CJFE relieved by swift resolution to Lon Appleby subpoena case

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Lon Appleby


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(CJFE/IFEX) - The following is a 3 March 2008 CJFE press release:

CJFE is relieved by swift resolution to Lon Appleby subpoena case

(Toronto, Mar 3, 2008) CJFE is relieved at the swift and positive resolution to the case of a subpoena served on journalist Lon Appleby. On Thursday, February 28, Appleby appeared in court at the request of a subpoena which asked him to produce 11-year-old notes used to prepare an article.

Appleby, represented by lawyer Iain MacKinnon, was extremely reluctant to turn over his notes, believing that it would compromise his independence as a journalist. A compromise was reached in which the defence lawyer, Colin Adams outlined in advance sections of the article that he would ask questions on. Appleby was then able to review his notes outside of court, and respond to basic questions to confirm the accuracy of what he wrote.

The article titled "Anatomy of a Homicide" concerned the shooting death of 17-year-old Cameron Alkins. Colin Adams is defending Roger James on a charge of first-degree murder.

CJFE supported Lon Appleby in court on what it believes is an important principle of free expression. Paul Knox, chair of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, speaking on behalf of CJFE stated "If journalists are seen as tools of the justice system, their ability to work independently in the public interest will be severely compromised."

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is an association of more than 400 journalists, editors, publishers, producers, students and others who work to promote and defend free expression and press freedom in Canada and abroad.


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