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Certifying a fishery as sustainable can still leave you with questions at the seafood counter / Phone-in : Should people who post online comments have to identify themselves ?

Is There A Catch to the Catch ?: Wal-Mart Canada has laid claim to a role of a big-box promoter of sustainability. The chain plans to sell only eco-friendly seafood within three years. Wal-Mart, and other major grocery chains, are relying on the Marine Stewardship Council to certify fisheries as sustainable. Many East Coast fisheries are interested in securing that MSC label. But it's not a straightforward process and it can yield some ambiguous results. The CBC's Lisa Roberts brought us up-to-date.

journoprof & gnarlygreek: It's one of our Fundamental Freedoms in the Charter : "freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication".
But if we use an alias while expressing our" thoughts, beliefs and opinions in the press & other media of communication", are there limitations on that freedom ?
That question is unfolding in the courts, in news rooms, and in online comments sections across Canada.
This week,a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge approved a request from Halifax's top firefighting officials that the weekly newspaper The Coast and the web giant Google reveal the identities and IP addresses of seven people who allegedly defamed them.
One of the headscratchers is that - aside from their online comments sections - the same news media exercise an enormous amount of control over everything else published or broadcast under their banner. No letter to the editor has a hope of being printed if the writer doesn't supply a name & address for publication and a phone number for verification. Ditto for calls to our answering machine which we play back.
But the online community seems to have adopted the convention of anonymous posting. Some say it gives people an opportunity to get past the traditional editorial control mechanisms of the news media. However, what about the laws that protect people from libel, slander, defamation and hate ?
Our guest was Dean Jobb, Assistant Professor at the University of King's College School of Journalism in Halifax, and author of the book "Media Law for Canadian Journalists." Our question : Should people who post online comments have to identify themselves ?


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