Small newsroom, big fight

Small newsroom, big fight The Narwhal's masthead logo From left to right: Emma Gilchrist, Amber Bracken and Carol Linnitt walk down steps outside the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. Dear PAOV,

We all have those unforgettable moments that arise in our lives and there are two that I can’t stop thinking about right now.

The first is the moment I found out Amber Bracken was arrested by the RCMP while on assignment in Wet’suwet’en territory for The Narwhal.

The second is the moment I stood with Amber and The Narwhal’s co-founder Emma Gilchrist on the steps of the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver to announce we had just sued the RCMP in response.

The first moment was so frustratingly disempowering: all of my calls and emails to the RCMP went unanswered as we worked around the clock to find out why Amber had been arrested, when she would be released and where on earth her camera equipment and documentary photographs were in the meantime.

The second moment was so redeeming in its empowerment: me, Emma and Amber standing shoulder to shoulder in the wind and sunlight, telling all Canadians that we were fighting back against the RCMP’s actions, on behalf of every journalist and every individual in this country.

It has also been incredibly empowering to hear from so many people across the country who are proud of us for taking on this fight. Even more of you are writing in to ask what you can do to help.

Today, we’re proud to be able to share this short documentary that gives an inside look at why our small, non-profit news organization made the big decision to take one of the most powerful organizations in our country to court.
A photo of Narwhal editor-in-chief Emma Gilchrist speaking with a play button in the middle and a pull quote top right, reading:
Ultimately, we found we had no other choice — to turn our backs on this battle would be to turn our backs on what we believe is right and what it means to be The Narwhal.

If you believe in our fight for press freedom in Canada, please consider pitching in what you can to support our legal fund.
YES, I WANT TO PITCH IN The reality is this is an uneconomic case that’s expected to take three to five years and demand significant resources from our small team.

We’re committed to this fight and doing what it takes to hold the RCMP accountable for their actions — but we need your help. Will you give whatever you can to our legal fund today?

Thank you for all you do for journalists in Canada.

Carol Linnitt
Executive editor

P.S. Every single penny you give will go straight toward this monumental legal challenge to strengthen Charter rights for journalists all across Canada. If you’re inspired by a small non-profit fighting such a big battle for press freedom, give what you can to our legal fund today.

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