Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Promises to Look into 2008 RCMP Proposal to Tail Journalist

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Promises to Look into 2008 RCMP Proposal to Tail Journalist

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Trudeau comes to defence of media freedom

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to look into reports that the RCMP proposed shadowing an Ottawa journalist to learn who leaked secret information on a suspected terrorist.

Trudeau says he believes a free and independent press is an essential part of a strong democracy.

The case involves Joel-Denis Bellavance, a journalist for Montreal La Presse, and the leak to the newspaper of a sensitive spy agency document about Adil Charkaoui.

Information about the proposed surveillance comes in classified RCMP documents which a Federal Court ordered disclosed as part of a lawsuit filed by Abfousian Abdelrazik, another man the government once branded a terrorist and who was also subject of a damaging leak. …

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