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Journalists Concerned About Bill C-461

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November 27, 2013

Journalists and broadcasters are raising concerns that Bill C-461 “could undermine the journalistic and programming integrity of Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC/Radio-Canada,” CNW reports. In a statement, the journalists cite multiple concerns, including that it “opens the door to privacy requests that could also jeopardize the CBC's journalistic integrity.” The report suggests, “C-461 changes the Privacy Act by removing the CBC's right to exclude privacy information collected for reasons of journalism and instead makes disclosure of that information subject to a test of injury to the CBC's ‘independence.’”
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