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Guild condemns treatment of jailed New York Times reporter

The Canadian Media Guild joins media employees around the world in condemning the jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to reveal confidential sources.

Miller was sent to jail today by a US judge for as long as four months after refusing to identify government sources who may have been connected to the leaking of the identity of a CIA operative.

Her case has been followed by media unions and others concerned about the effect Miller’s treatment will have on the freedom of the press.

“This represents a warning for Canadian journalists, too, of what can happen without proper laws to ensure freedom of the press and the protection of journalistic sources,” says Lise Lareau, the Guild’s national president.

The Newspaper Guild in the US, with which the CMG is affiliated, held an unprecedented day of rallies and vigils yesterday in support of Miller. For more information on TNG’s response, go to www.newsguild.org.

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