Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the press is a part of freedom of expression, but also a significant right in and of itself. Press freedom helps to ensure that people can stay informed and plays an important role in holding up government and public institutions to careful scrutiny.

CCLA stands up for freedom of the press  – we have intervened in cases supporting the news-gathering activities of journalists (including the right to keep sources confidential) and the principle that Canada’s courts must be open by default.

Our Work Protecting Freedom of the Press


CCLA Fighting for Transparency and Openness before the Supreme Court

April 12, 2023
The CCLA is intervening at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ontario v. Information and…

CCLA speaks out on guiding principles for Canada’s upcoming online safety proposal

March 21, 2023
CCLA has joined with 12 other civil society organizations to release a joint statement addressed…

Read our op-ed inspired by Freedom to Read Week by Cara Zwibel, Director, Fundamental Freedoms Program

February 24, 2023
Last Spring Sotheby’s auction house sold off a copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale…

The Open Court Principle and the Importance of Public Access to IRB Hearings

October 27, 2020
We write on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to express concern regarding…

CCLA at the Supreme Court: Journalistic Source Protection

May 16, 2019
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Statement on Julian Assange’s Detention by CCLA And INCLO Members

April 15, 2019
The undersigned members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) express concern over…

Vice Media Appeal Could Spell Bleak Friday For Press Freedom

December 3, 2018
A week after Black Friday may render Bleak Friday for press freedom if the Supreme…

What The Vice Media Decision Might Mean For Press Freedome

December 3, 2018
The Supreme Court’s decision in R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc. is not the victory for press…