NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Nov. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Press did not disclose a clear conflict of interest when it let Liam Casey break news that included materials supplied to him by undisclosed activists regarding recent allegations and meritless charges by the OSPCA at Marineland. Casey has been involved in legal proceedings with Marineland since he twice reported on allegations of abuse in 2013 that have proven to be groundless. That the Canadian Press has assigned him to issue two inflammatory stories about Marineland in the last two months without any disclosure noting this conflict indicates a serious breach of ethics and journalistic integrity on the part of the Canadian Press.One has to wonder what his editor is thinking. In January and March of 2013, Casey reported claims that Marineland asserts to be defamatory and containing false information. The articles, based on allegations from former park employees, centered on OSPCA investigations into complaints by animal rights activists that proved baseless. No charges were ever laid against Marineland, and no further evidence beyond the statements made by disgruntled former employees was ever offered. Marineland filed a defamation lawsuit against Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and reporters Linda Diebel and Liam Casey, a matter which is still before the courts. Those articles were not the first time Casey has written an article that tried to discredit Marineland, nor would they be the last. Casey has been covering stories using anonymous anti-Marineland sources for at least five years, with virtually none of the claims Casey has given voice being proven to date. He injected one story with the suggestion that an orca might be genetically predisposed to kill a person, without a single quote from a marine mammal medical expert to back this incendiary claim.