Bell Media Ordered to Suspend the Broadcast of a Television Episode

By Sarah D. Pinsonnault In Québec (Curateur public) c. BellMedia inc., 2014 QCCS 4919, the Court was required to balance a series of fundamentalrights: first, an individual’s inherent right to privacy and security, andsecond, the freedom of expression and the public’s right to information. Thisdebate centered on an episode Bell Media was scheduled to broadcast as part ofits television series called “Un tueur siproche”. The episode in question was about an individual, represented bythe Public Curator in this matter, who was found not criminally responsible forthe murder of his mother and two nieces. The Public Curator, being concerned about,inter alia, the potential damaging impact this episode could have on therehabilitation of the individual it represented, presented a motion forprovisional injunction to prevent this broadcast. The presiding judge, JusticeLouis J. Gouin, J.C.S., found that the balance of inconvenience favoured the CuratorPublic, for and in the name of the individual it represented,… Lire la suite