Denial of access

Vancouver police deny access to Vancouver Sun journalist during encampment eviction

For a second day in a row, Vancouver police denied access to journalists covering the eviction of people living in an encampment at Hastings St. and Main St.

When the eviction began on April 5, the Vancouver Police Department said on Twitter that public access to the area around the encampment would be limited “to ensure safety and privacy for people within the encampment.” The VPD directed media to “stage” at an intersection in the area. 

Police said that a Global News camera operator would be given access to the scene as a “pool” camera, to provide footage to multiple outlets. 

The VPD did not respond to two requests from the Canada Press Freedom Project for more information about restrictions on media workers during the encampment eviction.

On April 6, the second day of the eviction, VPD officers refused to allow Vancouver Sun journalist Nathan Griffiths to enter the area around the encampment, citing safety concerns because of trucks and equipment being used during the eviction, Griffiths told the CPFP. Officers had also denied him access to the area on April 5. 

As on April 5, he was again able to access the area by going through laneways, and was not bothered by police once inside, he said.