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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Toronto Police's attempts to obstruct multiple journalists from scrutinizing their activity in a public park today, including the detention of one photojournalist were strongly condemned by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).
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Internationally recognized photojournalist, Ian Willms informed Jolly that police not only detained and handcuffed him, confiscated his photography equipment as he attempted to cover police clearing homeless people out of Trinity Bellwoods Park but also transported him in a court service truck for an hour and a half to 11 Division.
When released, he was told he was not allowed to go back to the park today and that he could be fined if he was arrested for similar behavior there again.
Recipient of over 30 accolades including a National Newspaper Award for best news photograph and a National Magazine Award for photojournalism, Willms' work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and The New York Times.
Toronto Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The CAJ, along with a coalition of news organizations and press freedom groups, filed on June 2 a legal application to allow journalists access to cover a demonstration against the logging of an old-growth forest currently taking place in the Fairy Creek watershed, near Port Renfrew, B.C.
Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing more than 900 members across the country, the CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.