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2014-15 Review of Free Expression in Canada | CJFE

2014-15 Review of Free Expression in Canada

Cover image illustrated for the CJFE Review by Canadian cartoonist Brian Gable.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CJFE’s annual Review of Free Expression in Canada (PDF) provides the only comprehensive and in-depth report on the state of free expression in the country over the past year. Featuring insightful articles, statistics and balanced analyses from leading experts in law, journalism, advocacy and academia, the Review keeps Canadians informed and evaluates government and institutions for their impact on freedom of expression.

The 2014-15 Review of Free Expression in Canada, released to coincide with World Press Freedom Day (May 3), addresses the most pressing free expression issues, events and legislation. Digital privacy, access to information, and the muzzling of federal scientists are just some of the issues featured in this year’s publication. You will also find our signature Report Card and Cross-Canada Reports, and the second edition of our national poll of Canadian opinions and concerns about current free expression issues.

Read the full Review below or download the PDF.

Read the press release.

Note: We have print copies of the Review available. If you are interested in a print copy, or using the Review in your classroom, please contact Megan Drysdale at mdrysdale@cjfe.org for more information.

FEATURE ARTICLES FROM THE 2015 REVIEW

CJFE’s Free Expression Report Card
A staple of the CJFE Review, the Report Card assigns grades to institutions and groups for their work upholding free expression across Canada over the past year.



CJFE Poll: Give Us Back Our Rights
CJFE polled Canadians about their thoughts and opinions on free expression issues in Canada, including digital surveillance, government openness, and the republication of the controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons.


True Free Expression Requires Privacy
David Christopher of OpenMedia examines why the common notion that "If I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to fear" is so problematic. Canada faces an alarming and widening privacy deficit, which has profound implications for free expression.



The Case for Encryption
News organizations and journalists aren’t doing enough to secure data and communications—and it could put whistleblowers and other sources at risk. PLUS: encryption tools for day-to-day life.




Bill C-51: A Whole New Kind of Terror
Canada's anti-terrorism legislation won't just target terrorists—it will have a chilling effect on speech across the country. Learn more about Bill C-51 here.





The Charlie Hebdo Challenge
After the January massacre in Paris, Canadian news media were forced to decide whether to republish the French weekly’s controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad—and an unusually bitter debate broke out.





Free Expression is Slipping Away
Free expression in Canada is threatened, and the boundaries of our rights are vulnerable. We can no longer afford to take our rights for granted and all Canadians need to stand up for freedom.




Why Access to Information is Crucial
Four journalists told us why access to information is so important, what journalists go through to get their stories told, and why it’s crucial for Canadians to be able to exercise their right to know.




Looking for Answers
Despite high demand, the federal access to information system is broken and will remain so until politicians commit to a serious overhaul.





The Problem with Publication Bans
The public's right to know is threatened when information is delayed or publication bans aren't challenged. Peter Jacobsen looks at what's wrong with our publication ban system.





Worst Government Ever
The federal government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper has failed to live up to promises of transparency and openness. CJFE President Arnold Amber reflects on the government's chilling effect on free expression.




Cross-Canada Free Expression Reports
CJFE monitors free expression issues from coast to coast. Here’s our round-up of news from 2014 and early 2015.






The Pulse of Free Expression in B.C.
British Columbia is at the forefront of the fight for freedom of expression. Citizen speech and public participation is under threat, especially on issues related to the environment and Aboriginal rights, and the battles are critical in shaping the future of freedom of expression in Canada.



Risky Business: Protections for Freelance Journalists
Freelance journalists’ increasing lack of legal protections and resources is putting their ability to report freely at risk.





Fighting for Free Expression Abroad
Canadian journalists Hossein Derakhshan, Mohamed Fahmy, Kathy Gannon and Ali Mustafa faced great threats around the world as they brought important stories to light.






Trading Away Our Rights
Canada is participating in international negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free trade agreement in history. If ratified, the treaty will threaten our privacy and free expression.




All Quiet on the Science Front
Government scientists are increasingly being denied permission to speak to the media and public about their research. Silencing them threatens evidence-based decision making and prevents a well-informed public from participating in democracy.



Don’t Shoot!
Police harassment of both private citizens and journalists taking photos or videos seems to be on the rise. When can you take a photograph, and when will you be asked to stop?





Standing up for Free Expression: NWAC
Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of NWAC, talks to CJFE about giving a voice to Aboriginal women, the threats Bill C-51 poses to free expression and the government's response to missing and murdered Aboriginal women.