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Welcome to the Ad IDEM / Canadian Media Lawyers Association Website

Ad IDEM stands for Advocates In Defence of Expression in Media / Avocats pour la defense de l'expression dans les medias (the capital letters in bold spelling "MEDIA" (from right to left)). We are also known by the acronym CMLA, the Canadian Media Lawyers Association.

Our members are leading media lawyers across Canada. We organize a major annual conference, intervene in important Supreme Court of Canada cases, and promote improved laws and policies for free expression and openness of courts.

AdIDEM/CMLA is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of free expression in Canada and abroad. Our aim is to achieve this objective through:

 * public and professional education
 * advocacy and law reform initiatives
 * cooperation with related professional organizations

AdIDEM/CMLA members are lawyers representing the media across Canada. Associate Members, who may or may not be lawyers, have had experience in issues involving media law and free expression, and are advocates for free expression as well.[| Read more...]

New Developments

November 17, 2015   R v Clark 2015 ABQB 729
    Several media outlets successfully applied to quash a publication ban that had been imposed at a preliminary inquiry in which the new sections 486.4(2.1) and (2.2) of the Criminal Code were cited.

September 18, 2015   Robinson v Furlong 2015 BCSC 1690
    In a rare instance, a journalist brought a defamation action against the person about whom she wrote.

August 13, 2015   Goldhar v et al 2015 ONSC 1128
    The defendants brought an unsuccessful motion for an order to stay this defamation action on several grounds, including forum non conveniens.

July 17, 2015   Kent v Postmedia Network Inc 2015 ABQB 461
    Paul Godfrey, CEO of the National Post and Gordon Fisher, former publisher of the National Post, are granted summary judgment in dismissing all claims against them in this defamation action brought by Arthur Kent.

July 15, 2015   Canadian Union of Postal Workers v Quebecor Media Inc 2015 ONSC 4511
    This judgment sets out what constitutes proper notice and the ability of unions to sue for defamation.

July 3, 2015   Chandra v CBC 2015 ONSC 3945
    This interim decision concerns the admissibility into evidence of confidential materials from an unrelated proceeding, obtained by journalists in good faith.

July 2, 2015   Jane Doe v London Free Press 2015 ONSC 4239
    A witness in a sexual assault trial sues the London Free Press for breaching a publication ban.

June 5, 2015   Lukacs v Canada (Canadian Transportation Agency) 2015 FCA 140
    The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the principle of openness and access to documents with respect to a government agency – the Canadian Transportation Agency.

April 30, 2015   Postmedia Network Inc. v Merrifield 2015 ONSC 2847
    The media applicants brought an unsuccessful application for a declaration that their rights under s. 2(b) of the Charter had been infringed and to set aside an earlier order which excluded the public from the trial proceedings and sealed all court records relating to the matters being heard.

April 20, 2015   Michael Elder v Toronto Life Publishing Co. Ltd. 2015 ONSC
    Michael Elder failed in his motion for an interlocutory injunction to prevent further dissemination of the May issue of Toronto Life magazine, which contained an article about him.


The Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize 2016
April 10, 2016
Ad IDEM/CMLA has introduced the Ad IDEM Writing Prize for students writing on the topic of freedom of expression. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2016, with the winner to be announced by September 2016. For more information please click on the link above.

2016 Conference
November 4 & 5, 2016
  Halifax, Nova Scotia
Please click for more details.

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