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Rowat v the Crown, the CBC et al 2021 ONSC 2215
In this decision the ONSC dismissed the accused’s application for an order banning the publication of his name because...


Racki v Racki 2021 NSSC 46
This NSSC decision confirms the existence of the tort of public disclosure of private facts in Nova Scotia.


Levant v Demelle 2021 ONSC 1074
The ONSC dismissed this defamation action, finding that the plaintiff had not led any specific evidence that any specific...


Rebel News v. Al Jazeera Media 2021 ONSC 1035
Al Jazeera succeeds in its anti-SLAPP motion against Rebel News.

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This case is the 1st major test of how #antiSLAPP laws apply to #defamation lawsuits brought against those who make sexual assault claims (or repeat such claims). It will have an impact in Ontario as well (which has nearly identical legislation). #cdnlaw https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/04/08/she-accused-a-university-prof-of-sexual-assault-now-hes-suing-for-defamation-some-fear-the-landmark-case-could-have-a-chilling-effect.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=thestar_canada

‘We are the sisterhood’: Man sues after ex-girlfriends ‘sent damaging letter’ to new fiancee https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-are-the-sisterhood-man-sues-after-ex-girlfriends-sent-damaging-letter-to-new-fiancee-20210401-p57fzj.html

Ontario pub ban judgment “‘absurd’ and at odds with both the current use of technology and the practical application of a law intended to protect sexual assault victims from the harm that can come from stigma” ~ https://bit.ly/3mgEO8T

"It is our hope that the evidence gathered by the Public Inquiry will prevent other journalists being killed in Malta & beyond. The findings of the Public Inquiry may therefore be of global importance in battling impunity for crimes against journalists" http://ow.ly/U6xZ30rD2rT

Mexican press freedom dispute erupts as Amlo attacks US and domestic critics https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/apr/01/mexico-press-freedom-amlo-attacks-critics?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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