Two journalists among 15 people arrested by RCMP near B.C. pipeline worksite

An award-winning photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker were among the 15 people arrested on Friday as B.C. RCMP moved to enforce an injunction barring protests from blocking an access road used by Coastal GasLink pipeline workers, a lawyer and a media outlet said. While the journalists’ names were not released by RCMP, lawyer Frances Mahon said freelance photojournalist Amber Bracken and documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano were arrested at the site near Houston, in northern B.C., as they reported on the events. RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said in an email that the names of those arrested could not be released due to privacy reasons, but they included “individuals who, following arrest, identified themselves as journalists.” The arrests occurred amid rising tensions surrounding the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline in northern B.C. RCMP have been moving in recent days to enforce an injunction against protesters who have set up blockades along the roads leading to the pipeline project, which is opposed by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and other groups.

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