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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saskatchewan media bill aids privacy By GARRY FAIRBAIRN REGINA Saskatchewan news media may have to exercise more restraint if the legislature passes a government bill to protect privacy An official in the attorney- general's department and a Regina lawyer agreed in interviews last week that under certain circumstances the proposed legislation for force a reporter to identify the person who let him see a confidential com- pany document It could also leave a reporter and his new- spaper open to a lawsuit for writing things a person or family does not want published Both the official and the cautioned that the bill would leave much to judges who would make decisions in each individual set of circumstances and gradually build up precedents Thus there could be no certain forecasts of the precise effects of the bill on the news media Similar legislation is in effect in Manitoba and British the official said The No 1 of the current states that is a actionable without proof of for a wilfully and without claim of to violate the privacy of another person That means a person can launch a lawsuit without the current requirement of having to prove damages CITES EXAMPLES The bill gives examples of what can be considered in vasion of privacy if the person concerned has not given his consent auditory or whether or not accom- plished by of a per- by any means including besetting or following to a conversa- tion or monitoring tele- communications to which one is not a party of a person's likeness or voice for advertis- ing or commercial promotion of letters or other personal documents The bill provides protection for publication of information where were reasonable grounds for belief that the matter published was of public interest or was fair comment on a matter of public But the news media could still be open to lawsuits because of the methods used to obtain the published infor- mation MUCH LEFT TO COURTS parameters of how far you can go and how far you cannot go cannot be determin- ed by legislation and has to be interpreted in the courts is not an absolute condition It's flexible It can vary from community to com- munity He was asked to comment on a hypothetical situation in which an without tells a reporter the contents of a confidential company document and the company brings suit against the reporter with the intention of finding out who leaked the information Could the reporter be forced to say who gave him the infor- mation7 gut reaction is the official said There's no specific exemption for reporters as there tor ex- for peace officers The official added that if he were representing a company that wanted to find out the source of such a he would bring a suit against the reporter and the newspaper under the proposed Privacy Act The lawyer agreed EXAMINE SUICIDE CASE Another example of how a reporter could run afoul of the law was given by the official It concerned a hypothetical case in which a story was written about the suicide problem in with reference to one particular suicide case If the family of the person who committed suicide did not give their consent to what was written about that if information was gathered from lawsuit could be brought and damages obtained Regardless of the method of getting the the family could bring a suit on the grounds that it was not in the public interest to go into the details of that one suicide case The official agreed with the family's right to launch a suit against a paper for such a story that upset them 'I as an individual feel that that is an abuse on the part of the newspaper and they shouldn't be able to do and I should be able to bring an action He said that discussion of a family suicide for ex- have a grave effect on a politician's career would depend on things like the tenor of the new- spaper article itself as to the amount of damages Wallo Province ETHIOPIA O AFAR-ISSA TERRITORY Ethiopia reluctant to admit food scarce By HENRY S HAYWARD Christian Science Monitor Kenya Ethiopia remains reluctant to admit the extent of the famine rural people in its northern provinces have been facing This reluctance is attributed by outsiders first to a strong sense of national pride and Se- cond to fear on the part of Ethiopian officials of accepting blame for their handling of food distribution Some neutral experts meanwhile say that bad though the present toll of star vation they expect a new high point in the crisis early in 1974 Recent visitors to Ethiopia point out the contrast between the ample stocks of food on display in the stores of Addis Ababa and the critical shor- tages still existing in the northern countryside where up to two million people are believed affected One such visitor reported Lhat when he got out into the countryside he personally saw lumbers of children and Mderly persons in the last Uages of starvation The lowest estimate of the lead is between 10 000 WO while one United Nations report put the figure between and 100 000 Despite these Ethiopian officials still tend to down the dimensions of the crisis One such official arriving in Nairobi thanked the Kenya people for their contribution of foodstuffs but gave the impression the situa tion was under control The official Lt Michael Amede deputy minister for labor said everything possi- ble was being done to alleviate the famine which has he said several thousand peo- ple in northern Ethiopia He denied that his govern- ment at any time had tried to suppress information about the scope of the famine As the situation is pieced together by the following anatomy of the crisis emerges A three-year failure of the rams is basically responsible although historic poor and primitive farming methods also contributed The first year of the farmers ate their food sur- pluses and emergency storage items in the expectation that the next year would enable 'hem to replace these stores The second they ate their seed gram and began selling or eating their cattle and which were dy- ing from lack of food and water anyhow The third most of the remainder of the livestock were finished by drought or slaughtered for food by starv- ing residents and widespread starvation ensued As the situation npw northern Ethiopian farmers reportedly do not have enough seed to plant for their next crop nor do they have enough cattle to use for plowing sizable fields Contributing to present and future shortages is the fact that hungry Ethiopians in some cases uprooted half- grown grain of the most re- cent crop to eat because they could not wait for it to reach maturity Aside from Kenya s contribution not much of the expected foreign aid has yet arrived in Ethiopia Deliveries in some cases are believed to have been delayed by Mideast war dislocations and fuel shortages The United however diverted one shipload of maize bound for Pakistan to Ethiopia Kenya s generous response .meanwhile was believed sparked at least in part by remembrance of similar Ethiopian generosity during a moment of Kenya's need During Emperor Haile Selassie s visit to this country several years ago the Sabaki River and the Emperoi immediately an nounced an Ethiopian contribution to aid the flood victims The waiting line Some incompl- ete cars stand in line at the production plant of Fiat automobiles. 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