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Juliet O'Neill is a Canadianmarker journalist who was the subject of controversy when the Royal Canadian Mounted Policemarker raided her house, in an attempt to find the source of an alleged internal leak giving her access to privileged documents related to the Maher Arar case.

In 1996 O'Neill was awarded a Southam Fellowship.

She was a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen at the time of the raid, and she had earlier served as a foreign correspondent in Moscowmarker.

In 1986, O'Neill was working for the Canadian Press newswire, when she caught international attention for being the only reporter to capture Sondra Gotlieb slapping her social secretary Connie Gibson Connor at a state dinner held to honour Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and US Vice President George H. Bush.

On January 21, 2004 the Royal Canadian Mounted Policemarker raided her house as part of an attempt to identify the leak. The raid seized notebooks, files, hard drives and other materials.

In November 2004, Ontario Superior Court Judge Lynn Ratushny ruled that the sealing of the search warrants was unacceptable, although Justice of the Peace Richard Sculthorpe had given approval after the RCMP invoked the Security of Information Act. Justice Ratushny stated that the sealing of the search violated guarantees of a free press, freedom of expression and the publics right to an open court system. She ordered that a redacted copy be released to the public.

In October 2006, Ontario Superior Court Judge Ratushny struck down Section 4 of the Security of Information Act, ruling that it was "unconstitutionally vague" and broad and an infringement of freedom of expression.

All materials seized from O'Neill were ordered returned.

O'Neill was represented by attorneys Rick Dearden and Wendy Wagner from Gowlings Law Firm.

In 2005 O'Neill was honored with the World Press Freedom Award .

In 2009 O'Neill was honored with the Charles Lynch Award for Outstanding Coverage of National Affairs.

References

  1. Those Were the Days | Taddle Creek | www.taddlecreekmag.com
  2. Washington Monthly, Washington Rollercoaster. - book reviews, 1990
  3. injusticebusters 2004 > > Juliet O'Neill: Traumatising a reporter
  4. Ottawa Citizen report on 2009 Charles Lynch Award


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