Session hashtag: #CAJ16commsThanks to Grant v. Torstar Corp. and Quan v. Cusson, responsible communication was brought into Canadian jurisprudence.It’s become case law that reinforced journalistic best practices when dealing with subjects facing potentially libelous allegations — so that the publication or broadcast of material in the public interest is not held up by that same subject’s refusal to address the allegations.Kathy Tomlinson has first-hand experience with this defence against prosecution for libel, based on work she completed when part of the CBC Go Public team. Together with potential guests, she’ll lead a discussion based on her experiences that will give any journalist the information needed to use responsible communication to support their work.
3rd & 7 37yd
3rd & 7 37yd
Q: \does this change your story telling at all?
A: Including more in the stories about there attempts to contact, ie: "Repeated attempts to contact..." Says Tomlinson
by Lisa Pruden5/28/2016 4:04:17 PM
Q: What do you do to track
A: Emails are great. Internal and external. Keep notes on yourself.
Ie: List of people she had tried to call, when she had made the call and the outcome.
by Lisa Pruden5/28/2016 4:06:01 PM
The subject will choose however they will respond.
What matters is what you do, not what the other person does when it comes to your defense. - KT
by Lisa Pruden5/28/2016 4:07:12 PM
It important to keep trying. Tomlinson says she takes it up to the line of harrassment. Its important ensure that the subject has been given every opportunity to tell their side.
by Lisa Pruden5/28/2016 4:08:25 PM
Q: When do you show the subject what your story may be.
KT says she goes to the subject earlier and earlier in her process. She hasn't come across a case when she's approached a subject to soon.
by Lisa Pruden5/28/2016 4:10:35 PM
Q: Is there a difference when approaching Government?
KT: The Government is fair game.
by Lisa Pruden5/28/2016 4:12:19 PM
I think we have very little control over what a corporation is going to tell us. - KT
by Lisa Pruden5/28/2016 4:13:01 PM
Q: Did the patients (in the Fernando Casses case) reach out to you?
Tomlinson discussed how terrible she felt for his patients, which Casses had sued for defamation before he sued the CBC.
by Lisa Pruden5/28/2016 4:15:47 PM
May be more likely to be sued if you don't have the resources. KT describes Slapp Suits, which are often used to intimidate or silence under the cost of litigation.