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Canada Journalists released with conditions after arrest at B.C. pipeline dispute

04:10  23 november  2021
04:10  23 november  2021 Source:   msn.com

Two journalists among 15 people arrested by RCMP near B.C. pipeline worksite

  Two journalists among 15 people arrested by RCMP near B.C. pipeline worksite HOUSTON, B.C. — An award-winning photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker were among the 15 people arrested on Friday as B.C. RCMP moved to enforce an injunction barring protests from blocking an access road used by Coastal GasLink pipeline workers, a lawyer and a media outlet said. While the journalists' names were not released by RCMP, lawyer Frances Mahon said freelance photojournalist Amber Bracken and documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano were arrested at the site near Houston, in northern B.C., as they reported on the events. RCMP Sgt.

25, and arrested multiple occupants — including two who police say identified themselves as journalists . The camp had halted Coastal GasLink's plans to drill a tunnel for their natural gas pipeline under the Wedzin Kwa river. Police said upon arrival at the camp Friday, they read a copy of a B . C . Supreme Court injunction notice allowing pipeline construction to move forward and warned those inside to leave multiple times 18, one has been released with no charges, eight have been released with conditions and five are being transported to Prince George for a court appearance Monday.

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker have been released by a B.C. Supreme Court judge, three days after being arrested while covering the RCMP's enforcement of an injunction against pipeline protests in northern British Columbia.

  Journalists released with conditions after arrest at B.C. pipeline dispute © Provided by The Canadian Press

Amber Bracken, who had been on assignment for B.C.-based outlet The Narwhal, and documentarian Michael Toledano were released on the condition that they appear in court in February.

They must also comply with the terms of the injunction order first granted to Coastal GasLink by the same judge in December 2019.

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RCMP say in a statement that two people who "later identified themselves as independent journalists" were arrested after refusing to leave "building-like structures" near a drilling site for the natural gas pipeline, which is under construction.

The arrests came after members of the Gidimt'en clan, one of five in the Wet'suwet'en Nation, set up blockades along a forest service road Nov. 14.

RCMP say the road was cleared on Thursday.

Opposition among Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs to the 670-kilometre pipeline sparked rallies and rail blockades across Canada early last year, while the elected council of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation and others nearby have agreed to the project.

A memorandum of understanding had been signed between the hereditary chiefs and the federal and provincial governments, easing tensions up until now.

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Four other people were arrested at a different location after police were advised that a group of individuals were throwing rocks at industry vehicles, the release said. Shoihet said all those who were arrested for breaching the injunction had been taken to Smithers, B . C ., and are expected to appear in court on The arrests have been condemned by the Canadian Association of Journalists and BC-based journalism outlet The Narwhal, which said Bracken was reporting for them when she was taken into custody. Editor-in-Chief Emma Gilchrist said in a statement that the publication is “extremely

Two journalists have reportedly been held in policy custody for several days after being arrested while reporting on the construction of a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia. The RCMP arrested 15 people on Friday as officers enforced an injunction barring protestors from blocking an access road used by While the RCMP did not release the names of the journalists , the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) has publicly identified the pair as award-winning photojournalist Amber Bracken and documentarian Michael Toledano. “The RCMP has gone outside the law in its efforts to prevent the

The pipeline would transport natural gas from Dawson Creek in northeastern B.C. to Kitimat. It is more than halfway finished with almost all the route cleared and 200 kilometres of pipeline installed, Coastal GasLink has said.

The Canadian Association of Journalists condemned the arrests of Bracken and Toledano. In an open letter signed by several dozen news outlets and press freedom organizations, it called on Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino to "bring about a swift resolution respecting journalists' fundamental rights."

Asked about the arrests by reporters in Ottawa, Mendicino said it was not for him or the government to adjudicate the case or to direct police operations on the ground, but it's important that journalists can do their jobs without interference.

Journalists should be able to "go to the sites, make observations, report on those events, and do it in a way that is consistent with the constitution as a pillar of our democracy," the minister said Monday. "At the same time, the government does not direct operations on the ground, we are not in control of court processes."

It was "very positive" that Bracken had been freed, Mendicino added.

"My hope is that all of the reporters who seek to inform the public about very important and relevant events are able to exercise that right."

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said a free press is critical to democracy and he hoped the situation would not escalate.

The province has been doing "a significant amount of work over the last number of months to try and de-escalate tensions in the area," he told a news conference.

— By Brenna Owen in Vancouver

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2021.

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