Regulating Embedded Journalism

David Bratzer

Embedded journalism has been utilized in foreign countries during times of war, but its greatest potential is within our own borders and the best way to achieve this is through regulation. We can increase government transparency by creating laws designed to protect embedded journalists. These laws would enable journalists to embed on domestic and foreign assignments within most areas of the Canadian government.

This would enable a kind of “deep reporting” about our everyday government institutions: hospitals, safety inspection agencies, prisons and fire departments, to name but a few. The regulation of embedded journalism is a powerful legal idea that would strengthen Canadian democracy.

About David Bratzer:

David Bratzer wears many hats but he is perhaps best known for his work as an advocate for criminal justice reform. He is a member of the board of directors for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), which is an international non-profit organization of current and former cops, prosecutors and correctional officers who seek to minimize crime, addiction, disease and death by gradually legalizing and regulating drugs. David is also concerned about the impact of drug prohibition on our education system, and in this respect he assists Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy as a member of their advisory board.

2011 IdeaWave