Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CTV News in Halifax Fined $4,000 for Violating Youth Criminal Justice Act

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CTV News in Halifax Fined $4,000 for Violating Youth Criminal Justice Act

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CTV fined for breaching young offenders act

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HALIFAX - CTV News in Halifax was handed a $4,000 fine Monday for showing the faces of two alleged young offenders during a broadcast last August.

In an agreed statement of facts read during a sentencing hearing in provincial court, Crown attorney Terry Nickerson said the broadcaster violated a publication ban on the identities of the two teens involved in a youth court case in Halifax on Aug. 24.

Nickerson said the faces of the two youths were clearly shown without attempts to block their identities during the 6 p.m. news broadcast on Aug. 24.

However, Nickerson said there was no intention by CTV to intentionally breach the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

"CTV also, on its own initiative as soon as they had identified the error, immediately purged the visual and stopped any repeat broadcast of the identifying visuals," Nickerson told the court. …

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