The CBC has been found not guilty of criminal contempt over a publication ban after refusing to remove stories published to its website before the ban was ordered

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The CBC has been found not guilty of criminal contempt over a publication ban after refusing to remove stories published to its website before the ban was ordered. CBC Edmonton published stories in March 2016 about the death of a 14-year-old girl, including her name and photo. While CBC did not identify the girl after a publication ban went into effect, it did not remove or change earlier reports on its website. Justice Terry Clackson concluded that “allowing access to the impugned reports does not amount to publishing” and that “it is practically impossible to remove a story once it is online.”

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