The Committee to Protect Journalists is very concerned about the arrest and detention of two journalists covering land rights protests in northern British Columbia by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Friday.
As CPJ has previously shown, the RCMP has previously limited media access to protests on both Wet’suwet’en and other First Nation organizations’ land.
The journalists are still being held by the RCMP, who told CPJ in an email today that they will appear in court tomorrow in Prince George.
Michael Toledano has spent the previous three years in Wet’suwet’en area as a member of the media, working on a documentary on the protests.
According to a statement issued by the film’s producers to supporters of the project and forwarded to CPJ, he was detained while filming on the Morice River Forest Road despite identifying himself as a member of the media.
Staff Sergeant Shoihet stated that the release of the journalists would be decided by the judge during Monday’s court hearing.
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