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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CAJ Code of Silence Award

The nominations have been announced for the Canadian Association of Journalists' Code of Silence Award, which "recognizes the most secretive government, department or agency in Canada." Among other deserving nominees is this nomination:

"The RCMP, its partner organization the Canadian Police Research Centre and police forces across Canada that refuse to divulge information about Taser use. Municipal police forces have frequently refused to release information about Taser use, and the RCMP has been uncommonly secretive since the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski. Calls to the RCMP are vetted through the communications office in Ottawa, which routinely ignores requests for information, refuses to release documents that ought to be public and forces journalists through lengthy battles to gain access to data and reports on Taser safety."

The winner will be announced Saturday at the CAJ's annual awards gala.

1 comment:

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Test case 1: Release the taser model data (M26 or X26) for all taser-associated deaths in Canada.

Test case 2: Release the dart placement information for all taser-associated deaths in Canada.

For the RCMP, we'd accept the cases where the RCMP was involved.