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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

July 20, 2016   Ben Aissa Judgment 2016 Quebec Superior Court
    This decision of the Quebec Superior Court (in French) confirms that the lower court judge made no reviewable error in holding that a publication ban issued at a bail hearing or a preliminary inquiry does not automatically apply to information in an ITO, even if that information is the same as the evidence tendered at either the bail hearing or preliminary inquiry.


July 26, 2016   2016 Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize winner announced
    Spencer Keys, a 2016 graduate of the University of British Columbia Allard School of Law, received the $2,500.00 prize for his paper entitled “Reconceptualizing Reputation and Defamation for Cyber Speech: an analysis of Baglow v Smith”.


July 11, 2016   Mulgrew v The Law Society of British Columbia 2016 BCSC 1279
    British Columbia Supreme Court confirms production order under British Columbia Legal Profession Act, S.B.C. 1998, c. 9 to compel the Vancouver Sun and its journalist to produce their notes of communications with a lawyer under Law Society investigation.


June 30, 2016   HMQ v Postmedia Network Inc et al 2016 SKPC 089
    The SKPC refused to grant a mandatory publication ban and determined that Section 486.4(2.2) of the Criminal Code is unconstitutional. Judge Martinez also refused to grant a discretionary publication ban under Section 486.5 of the Criminal Code.


June 28, 2016   Goldhar v Haaretz.com 2016 ONCA 515
    The ONCA found that Ontario courts have jurisdiction over an action for libel, commenced by a billionaire Canadian businessman against Israel’s oldest daily newspaper and two of its reporters.


June 14, 2016   R v Cabero et al 2016 ONSC 3844
    The Court rejected an application by defence counsel for a publication ban over an ITO used to get DNA search warrants.


May 27, 2016   Casses v Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2016 BCSC 949
    Following on a successful responsible communication defence in Casses v CBC et al, summarized earlier, the trial judge has now awarded costs on an increased scale to CBC and “special costs” (similar to solicitor-client costs) to the individual defendants.


May 18, 2016   J.K. v The Korea Times et al 2016 ONCA 375
    This ONCA decision summarizes the analysis required in considering the adequacy of a libel notice.


May 6, 2016   Nazerali v Mitchell 2016 BCSC 810
    The BC Supreme Court has awarded 1.2 million in damages in a case of extreme internet defamation.


April 6, 2016   BC Provincial Court Post-Consultation Memorandum - Court Services Online Criminal Information(CSO)(2016)
    The BC Provincial Court is now limiting the length of time adult criminal case information will be available online.



Events

Law Commission of Ontario: Call for Research Papers on Defamation in the Internet Age
August 3, 2016
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is undertaking a project on defamation law in the age of the internet. As part of the development of the consultation paper, the LCO will fund a number of research papers that will inform our development of options for reform.


The Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize 2017
July 27, 2016
Ad IDEM/CMLA is seeking submissions for the annual student Writing Prize for a paper promoting freedom of expression. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2017 with the winner to be announced by September 2017. Please click for more details and a link to submission guidelines.


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


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