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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

January 28, 2016   Inquest Motion re broadcasting Provincial Court of Manitoba 2016 28 January
    The media applicants sought an order to be permitted to record, videotape and broadcast inquest proceedings into the deaths of Durval David Tavares and Sheldon Anthony McKay at Stony Mountain Institute. They were granted the right to record audio only and to broadcast those recordings.

January 25, 2016   Taseko Mines Limited v Western Canada Wilderness Committee 2016 BCSC 109
    A defamation action by a mining company against an environmental organization over five internet articles was dismissed after trial, with special costs for a substantial portion of the proceeding.

January 15, 2016   Office of the Chief Coroner v Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies QBG 1640 of 2015
    The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench denied applications to close the court room during a judicial review application and for a sealing order of a report into the death of a women offender at the Regional Psychiatric Centre, Prairie Region prepared by a Board of Investigation appointed under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.

January 14, 2016   500-36-006633-138 2016 Court of Quebec
    The Court of Quebec allows the media to publish information contained in an ITO to obtain a restraint or freeze order even if that same information is covered by a publication ban in the bail hearing and in the ongoing preliminary inquiry.

January 11, 2016   R v Nuttall 2016 BCSC 73
    The judge in this criminal trial, dealing with a question of entrapment, held that the Dagenais/Mentuck analysis applies regardless of CSIS concerns over identifying a possible “CSIS human source”. The judge reversed an earlier decision to go in camera and released a transcript, redacting information identifying the source for their safety.

January 8, 2016   R v Barrett 2016 NSSC 11
    Accused to stand trial on two separate counts of second degree murder. First trial to take place 9 months before second trial. Accused seeks a publication ban on evidence at the first trial until conclusion of his second trial. Application denied.

December 10, 2015   Crouch v Snell 2015 NSSC 340
    Nova Scotia's Cyber-safety Act is found to be unconstitutional based on s.2(b) and s.7 infringements.

November 24, 2015   Casses v Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2015 BCSC 2150
    In a lengthy judgment following a 7 week trial, CBC succeeded in a responsible communication defence in relation to a investigative series regarding a surgeon.

November 17, 2015   BCSC Practice Direction on Video Recording or Broadcasting of Court Proceedings (2015)
    Effective November 17, 2015, the BCSC has come out with modified procedures for applications for authorization to video record or broadcast court proceedings or portions thereof.

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.


The Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize 2016
May 30, 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 May 30, 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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