Newspaper article The Canadian Press

SCOC-Vice-RCMP

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

SCOC-Vice-RCMP

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TORONTO - Canada's highest court is set to hear a closely-watched case today that pits journalists against police and prosecutors.

Vice Media plans to urge the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn a ruling that reporter Ben Makuch give the R-C-M-P materials related to interviews he did with an accused terrorist.

Vice argues that being forced to comply with the order would seriously undermine the ability of journalists to do their jobs in the public interest.

It says the case involves an extraordinary request by police for production of unpublished communications, in the form of text messages between an innocent journalist and a source, for use directly as evidence in a criminal prosecution against the source.

The materials relate to three stories Makuch wrote in 2014 on 22-year-old Farah Shirdon of Calgary, who police charged in absentia with various terrorism-related offences. …

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