Results released in CJFE’s annual Review of Free Expression in Canada
TORONTO – 2014 marked a new low for freedom of expression in Canada, according to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)’s 2015 Review of Free Expression in Canada, released today. The sixth annual report shines a spotlight on the extent to which the federal government has expanded its powers to withhold information.
To mark World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on May 3, CJFE President Arnold Amber examines the challenges posed to free expression here in Canada. This is an amended version of an article that will be published in CJFE's 2014-15 Review of Free Expression in Canada, on May 5, 2015.
By Arnold Amber
It was a wonderful start for a new federal government. The first piece of legislation Stephen Harper’s Conservatives placed before Parliament in 2006 was an omnibus bill that promised a new era of openness, transparency and accountability.
By Alexandra Theodorakidis
An important feature of our annual Review of Free Expression in Canada is CJFE’s Free Expression Report Card. Each year we assign grades to various Canadian institutions based on how well they have upheld free expression values over the past year. In our fifth Review, released earlier this month, the institutions we graded ranged from Canada’s outdated Access to Information Act to Anti-SLAPP legislation in Ontario.
Since 2010, CJFE’s national monitoring and advocacy efforts have informed our annual Review of Free Expression in Canada. Now in its fifth year, the 48-page Review remains the nation’s only publication that evaluates the people, policies and institutions that help and hinder freedom of expression.