Ottawa Press Gallery members make their living by having Parliamentary staffers leak them information so it’s no wonder CBC’s Kady O’Malley got her knickers in a knot with an email given to her by the union that represents the NDP staff:
A proposed lifetime gag order for employees of members of Parliament that would restrict their ability to share information — and stifle the kind of whistleblowing that led to some of the revelations in the Senate scandal — is triggering alarm among Parliament Hill staff, according to a union representing some of the workers. (see here)
I’ve looking into if CBC employees sign confidentiality agreements and will update when I find out.
I’ve also asked if O’Malley will demand the CBC and Parks Canada release the signed confidentially agreement that paid The National’s Peter Mansbridge to run stories on the Franklin Exhibition:
The CBC accepted more than $68,000 from Parks Canada in an agreement over TV and online coverage of a search for the lost Franklin expedition in the Canadian Arctic last year, prompting Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq to seek a review of the payment.
E-mails obtained through the Access to Information Act show that Parks Canada and the CBC signed a confidential agreement over the funds and coverage, reported Ottawa political news website Blacklock’s Reporter on Thursday. (see here)
Or does she think whistleblowers are only a good thing in other government-related organizations?