Thursday, August 27, 2015
Dear CJFE members and supporters,
It’s been a busy month of gains and setbacks for free expression, and CJFE has been working harder than ever to protect your rights.
We were horrified by the deadly attack on journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward live on-air in Virginia yesterday. CJFE stands united with journalists and press freedom advocates around the world in condemning this tragedy and offering our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the victims.
As August draws to a close, we’re still eagerly awaiting the delayed result of the #FreeAJstaff trial of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste (in absentia). The verdict is now expected to be delivered on August 29.
And in other news, it’s time to save the date: December 2, 2015, is the official date for our 18th annual CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting. Don’t forget to mark your calendars—tickets and more information will be available soon!
Free Expression in Canada
62 journalists have been killed in 2015 so far. See our interactive map for more information.
- • United States: Reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot dead on live television in Moneta, Virginia. The attack marks the first journalist killings in the U.S. in 2015.
- • Bangladesh: Secular blogger Niloy Chakrabarti was brutally killed, following the murders of three other secular-humanist bloggers in the country this year.
- • Mexico: Photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was murdered after receiving death threats, making him the fourth journalist killed in Mexico this year.
Free Expression around the World
- • Azerbaijan: CJFE joined 14 organizations in condemning the conviction of human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.
- • Burundi: CJFE joined over 300 organizations in denouncing the continued attacks on and threats to journalists, media workers and human rights defenders.
- • Israel: Artists who don't adhere to the Israeli government's uncompromising views on Palestine are facing increasing censorship from officials.
- • Liberia: The National Chronicle newspaper was reopened by order of the Supreme Court after being forcibly closed following a warrantless raid on its offices.
- • Syria: Mazen Darwish, journalist and human rights defender, was released after three and a half years of arbitrary detention. He and his colleagues still face spurious terrorism charges.
- • United States: Three journalists—from CTV Los Angeles, the Washington Post and Huffington Post—face charges from their coverage of the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Thank you for your continued support of CJFE, and I'll be back again next month with more updates on our work!
CJFE Communications and Programs Assistant