Blog by John Miller

Media fight back

November 17th, 2011
The most important rule in newsrooms is this one: Don't break the law.

But one of the most difficult ethical questions news executives face is what should they do when their cameras capture evidence of someone else breaking the law?

Does it depend on the crime? If someone assassinates the prime minister, any reputable news organization would come under moral and legal pressure to do the right t ...

Care about this

November 6th, 2011

At a conference of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association on the weekend, a colleague asked the very good question: "What would it take for Canadians to care about freedom of expression?"

No one could give him a good answer. Freedom of expression is a right we too often take for granted, unless of course you're a right-wing ideologue who is obsessed with the belief that it's under threat fro ...

Stabbed in the back

November 1st, 2011

Rosie DiManno has let her readers in on a secret that I'm sure publishers don't want anyone to know: Newspapers aren't  published for you and me, they're published for the privileged one percent.

The amazing thing is that the Toronto Star printed her column. It was headlined "Occupy newsrooms to rescue words." Good for her for writing it and speaking truth to power so effectively, and good f ...