Media & Defamation Law

Our firm’s media lawyers are nationally recognized in media and defamation issues. We represent major daily newspapers, national broadcasting corporations, radio stations, and local and community media outlets. We handle media cases that deal with issues such as publication bans, unsealing court files, contempt of court, television access, quashing of subpoenas and search warrants, access to information, and a wide variety of constitutional challenges. We also provide day-to-day pre-publication advice and have significant experience in defending and prosecuting defamation actions.

Our lawyers have litigated high-profile constitutional issues on behalf of the media in all levels of the courts of Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our media lawyers actively participate in related associations including the Ad IDEM Canadian Media Lawyers Association and regularly present at media-related conferences. In addition, Fred Kozak and Matthew Woodley teach a course on media and the law to journalism students at Grant MacEwan University.

Our key contact lawyer for the media and defamation group is Fred Kozak.

Our firm has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada on the following notable media-related cases:

  • Hunter v. Southam Inc. (1984) (search of a media outlet)
  • Edmonton Journal v. Alberta (Attorney General) (1989) (statutory publication ban)
  • Moysa v. Alberta (Labour Relations Board) (1989) (reporter-source privilege)