British Columbia Sun

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Advocates ask for the freedom of the writer, filmmaker jailed

Key takeaways: 

  • Amber Bracken, Michael Toledano amid 29 held on Wet’suwet’en region across 48 hours. 
  • RCMP Emergency Response Team members hold to see as other officers make seizures during attacks on barriers obstructing the structure of a multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline on the Wet’suwet’en region in British Columbia Thursday. 

Arrests in BC protest against pipeline natural gas: 

Press freedom advocates are asking for the freedom of photojournalist Amber Bracken and documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano, who was detained Friday at a detention camp organised by enemies of the Coastal GasLink pipeline at a worksite west of Prince George, B.C.

The RCMP affirmed Sunday the two are still in jail, expecting a court date Monday morning, with 13 different individuals who were detained Friday. 

The RCMP have confirmed both Bracken and Toledano recognised themselves as autonomous writers.

On Sunday, the Committee to Protect Journalists, a U.S.-based corporation that supports publishers freedom global, announced a statement asking for the freedom of Bracken and Toledano. The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) considered in on Saturday, asking for their freedom with their belongings and footage. 

Peter Jacobsen of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression announced the courts have been “very clear … that the journalists are not subject to the injunctions.” Source – cbc.ca

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Bracken, a photojournalist serving for the Narwal, got a CAJ award for her effort in 2020 including the Wet’suwet’en battle with Coastal GasLink. 

Toledano is an unconventional filmmaker who has been operating on a documentary on the fight and strikes to Coastal GasLink since 2019.

Journalists’ rights defended by the charter

On Sunday, two federal cabinet ministers showed care about the constraints. In a Twitter twist, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendocino declared journalists perform a crucial part in Canada’s democracy. “To fulfil that role, journalists must be able to work free from threats, intimidation or arbitrary state action.”

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