We spied on another reporter: Montreal police

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Montreal police have admitted they spied on another reporter in 2014, but didn't give a name.

It seems the reporter doesn't know he or she has been the target of a wiretapping. 

The force insists it wasn't focusing on the reporter, that the wire-tapping was part of an internal investigation.

This after it was revealed earlier inthe week that it spied on La Presse reporter and CJAD 800 contributor Patrick Lagacé.

"It does bring up the question of how many other journalists are being surveilled by the SPVM like we've learned in recent days", said CTV reporter Amanda Kline.

The announcement was made on Thursday, the same day the Quebec government announced plans to hold an inquiry into freedom of the press and police surveillance of journalists.

 As well, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said spying on reporters is not happening at the federal level.

Trudeau told reporters he immediately contacted RCMP and CSIS leadership after news broke about the Quebec surveillance.

"There is nothing of this sort happening at the federal level,'' he said.

"We have actually very strong safeguards and protections in place to protect freedom of the press in the course of the business conducted by CSIS and the RCMP.

"Not only is freedom of the press important, it's one of the foundational safeguards of a free democracy, of a free society.''

Quebec's two largest police forces, Montreal police and the SQ, admitted this week to keeping tabs on the phones of several journalists in recent years in attempts to identify the source of information leaks.

On Wednesday, provincial police said they had obtained court warrants to monitor the phones of six journalists in 2013 in an effort to track down a person alleged to have leaked sensitive wiretap information involving a prominent labour leader.


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