Posted February 10, 2018 09:01:24 When a media publication is being investigated by police, it’s important to know what’s happening.
It’s important that people know that you are reporting on the story and that you can’t withhold information from the investigation.
The Ontario Press Council (OPC) has published guidelines to help journalists comply with the requirement of confidentiality in the case of police investigations.
These guidelines include: If you believe that a publication is breaking the law, or engaging in inappropriate behaviour, you should report the matter to the OPC.
In cases where the publication is in breach of the law and the conduct is illegal or inappropriate, you must report it to the RCMP.
This includes reporting the breach to the police, or the OPP if the matter is in relation to the investigation of a crime.
You can report any information that you have concerning the case to the Office of the Independent Reviewer.
If you report the issue to the authorities, you will receive a notice from the OCC.
However, in the rare case where the media outlet has not been convicted of a criminal offence, you may also receive a warning letter from the RCMP or OPC stating that the publication has violated the OOC rules.
When reporting a news article, journalists should take the following steps: 1.
Ensure that the information you provide is accurate.
If the information is inaccurate, it may be difficult to obtain the same information from a third party.
Verify the source of the information.
Make sure that the source is reliable.
If an article is posted online or on social media, it is likely to be the source.
Make a note of the name and contact information of the person who is reporting the story.
Make the name, address, telephone number, email address and fax number of the reporter or editor and verify that the person has been contacted by the person making the report.
Identify the source(s) who are the subject of the report, and verify the information from that source.
If reporting a story involving an alleged offence, make sure that there is a copy of the original offence in your possession.
If no copy of a copy is in your own possession, make a note in your notes that the offence is not on the original copy.
If any copy of an offence is in the possession of a journalist, make the original copies available for public inspection, to any OPC staff member.
The OPC will ensure that all copies of any material are kept and used for any investigation or other lawful purpose, including the investigation or investigation of any alleged offence.
Inform the person you are contacting of the contents of the article.
If there are allegations that a journalist has fabricated or misquoted an event or statement, or has failed to provide the information required by the OOOC to the law enforcement agency, the OPM is empowered to take action against the journalist.
This can include a referral to the Criminal Code Tribunal, which can determine if there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the journalist for a crime or conduct that would have constituted a criminal offense.
For further information on reporting an offence, please refer to the Code of Conduct for Journalists and the OACP’s Guidelines for Reporting a Media Crime.
To learn more about media reporting, please visit the OPD’s Media Reporting FAQ.
You may also contact the OPI’s Press Crime Information Line at 1-866-723-8100, or via the OPA’s online press information system.
You will need to provide your name and telephone number.
To receive a free media report, or for further information about press ethics, please contact the Office for the Conflict of Interests, Integrity and Ethics Branch at 1.800.773.6272.
To request a free news report, please call the OCP press office.