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Radio-Canada loses million-dollar libel suit for reporting on only part of letter

News | 08/17/2004 4:00 am EDT

Radio-Canada, the French arm of the public broadcaster, has been ordered by the Supreme Court of Canada to pay about $1.8 million in damages for libeling a Montreal communications consultant. Consultant Gilles Néron was awarded the damages, one of the largest libel awards in the country, in a case that arose from a TV program about 10 years ago. A Quebec organization, the Chambre des Notaires du Québec (CNQ), which decided against taking the case to the Supreme Court, is sharing in the costs.

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