Nova Scotia health legislation too restrictive on media, professor says

A journalism professor in Nova Scotia says provincial legislation aimed at protecting personal health records could hinder the media because it threatens to fine or jail reporters who seek medical information.

Fred Vallance-Jones, who teaches at the University of King’s College in Halifax, says he supports efforts to protect privacy of medical information.

But he says the proposed legislation could see journalists face fines of up to $10,000 or six months in jail if they ask hospital officials for information in the public interest.

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