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Canadian Taxpayers Federation v Alberta (Election Commissioner), 2023 ABKB 161
This case involves the applicants, CTF and John Doe’s application for a publication ban and sealing order over John...

Simán v. Eisenbrandt 2023 BCSC 379
SLAPP decision, dismissing action based on Responsible Communication defense.

Canadian Frontline Nurses v. Canadian Nurses Association, 2022 ONSC 7280
Vermette J.: “The Plaintiffs have been outspoken critics of prevailing public health guidance related to COVID-19, using social media...

Postmedia Network Inc. v. Named Persons, 2022 BCCA 431
The judgment dismisses Postmedia’s appeals from orders of the BC trial court rejecting Postmedia’s attempt to vacate or vary...

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Interesting new report from @CFE_TMU ranking the strength of anti-SLAPP laws in different jurisdictions: https://cfe.torontomu.ca/publications/global-anti-slapp-ratings-assessing-strength-anti-slapp-laws. Ontario (and BC) top the list (!) - but interesting to consider whether ONCA's latest anti-SLAPP case (Kahu) will, in practice, weaken the law.

NZ Herald publisher NZME beats rare ‘Kafkaesque’ super-injunction - NZ Herald https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/nz-herald-publisher-nzme-beats-unprecedented-kafkaesque-super-injunction/E54ARU3LNJA6NLDBNGEBZX7LJE/

Sans l’intervention du plus haut tribunal du Canada, ce type d’arrangement pour tenir la population dans le noir et condamner des gens secrètement pourrait se répéter à travers le pays, prévenaient les médias dans leur demande d’autorisation d’appel. https://lp.ca/hl69n4?sharing=true

The Russian branch Transparency International, a global anti-corruption organization, has announced that it will close. The organization says its work has become impossible since Russian authorities declared it an “undesirable organization.” https://meduza.io/en/news/2023/03/16/transparency-international-shutters-its-russia-office

SCC agrees to hear fascinating media law case on intersection between (absolute) informer privilege and open court principle - including whether media are entitled to be heard on scope/application of the privilege. CJ Quebec granted leave to intervene. https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/sum-som-eng.aspx?cas=40371

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