(Prince George) Charges are no longer brought against the two journalists who were arrested last month while reporting on the RCMP’s enforcement of an injunction on a pipeline construction site in the northern British Columbia.
Documents filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia show that the company that builds the Coastal GasLink pipeline has filed notices of dismissal against photojournalist Amber Bracken and documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano.
The two journalists were charged with contempt of court and were released on parole by a judge three days after being arrested along with members of the Gidimt’en clan, who oppose the construction of the gas pipeline in Wet ‘territory. suwet’en.
Mme Bracken and Mr Toledano are no longer required to appear in court in February or to comply with the terms of the injunction first granted in December 2019.
“The board of directors of [l’Association canadienne des journalistes] heaved a big sigh of relief since common sense prevailed: the false accusations against journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano have been dropped, ”responded the Canadian Association of Journalists (ACJ).
The arrest of the two journalists sparked outrage in media outlets across the country, which demanded their release. In an open letter to Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino, media reported Amber Bracken was reporting for the newspaper The Narwhal, and that Michael Toledano, who has lived in Wet’suwet’en for three years, was at the scene for the making of a documentary.
The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs’ opposition to the 670-kilometer pipeline sparked rallies and railroad blockages across Canada last year, as the elected council of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and others nearby have accepted the project.
The pipeline would transport natural gas from Dawson Creek in northeastern British Columbia to a processing facility in Kitimat.
According to Coastal GasLink, the project is more than half finished: almost the entire route has been cleared and 200 kilometers of gas pipeline have been installed.