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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, September 23, 2002

Police threaten media with charges

Vancouver Police are deciding whether or not to recommend that the Crown lay charges against reporters and photographers who were covering the eviction of squatters in the former Woodward's building.

The official line from Police Chief Jamie Graham is that some reporters may have been interfering with police operations.

On the other hand, Langara College journalism instructor Gerry Porter says police are trying to intimidate the media.

"I think police are saying, ' Look, we want to tell you where you can go and what you can do, and we're going to make your life difficult if you don't learn from this episode'," says Porter.

In short: the police are really trying to avoid the possibility of embarrassing media coverage by trying to tell the media what they can and can't report. If the local media have a spine, they'll stand up to these tactics from our city's "finest."
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