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Canadian journalist resigns over paper's refusal to publish his story: Pulitzer winner claims he was unable to tell of anger about Arctic discovery

An award-winning Canadian photojournalist has resigned from his newspaper because of its “refusal to publish a story of significant public interest.”

Paul Watson, winner of Canada’s only Pulitzer, announced on his blog on Tuesday (7 July) that he had quit the Toronto Star. He wrote:

“Resigning is the only way I can resume that reporting, complete the work and fulfill my responsibilities as a journalist”.

According to Watson, the Star would not publish his story on the search for the lost ships of a British expedition to the Arctic in 1847. The search was supported by Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper.