Pulitzer-winning journalist quit his job at The Toronto Star over a story investigating the concerns raised in the letter.
Paul Watson says he quit after he was repeatedly told to back off from reporting a story of "significant public interest.”
A quarrel over the search for two ships that sank in the middle of the 19th century probably doesn't strike people as the best reason to turn your back on a six-figure salary and walk the plank. To understand why, you only need to know this: I've lost track of the times I was nearly killed because I knew I had to give a bigger voice to frightened, intimidated people who couldn't stand up to power on their own. That is the core of the story I've returned to after breaking free yesterday from a six-week reporting ban imposed by Toronto Star editors.
Now that Canada's combat role in Afghanistan has ended, it is tempting for some to turn their back on what went before. That's both foolish and wrong. Canada has a duty to make it easier for Afghan translators and such to enter Canada. Otherwise we are probably sentencing them to death.