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As Nisga’a Government Silences a Whistleblower, the Need for a Free Press Becomes Clear –

by ahnationtalk on August 12, 201929 Views

Citizens of other First Nations working toward treaties can learn from what’s happening in the courts.

Imagine if a federal government employee tried to leak information to the public or media because he felt people needed to know what was being done in secret.

And imagine that the government silenced him with a court injunction that barred him from even speaking about the information or sharing it.

The scenario might seem farfetched.

But tomorrow the Nisga’a Lisims government will be in B.C. Supreme Court. It’s already obtained a temporary gag order against former information technology manager Andre Cardinal, who alleged mismanagement by government officials. Now the government wants the court records sealed, including the affidavits filed to support the request for an injunction barring Cardinal from sharing his concerns.

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