This past Sunday, the statement below was read at the Fahmy Foundation’s Free Press Solidarity Rally, on behalf of CJFE. As we reflect on our rights and freedoms here at home, we cannot afford to forget those abroad whose stories we do not always hear and whose work is crucial to keeping us informed about current events and crises around the world.
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 Zakreski
World Press Freedom Day, an annual occasion to highlight the obstacles, hostility and persecution experienced by journalists around the world, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday, May 3. Citizens around the world reflected on achievements and setbacks in freedom of expression, recognizing contributions by journalists and media professionals, and commemorating those lost in their line of work while reminding governments of their obligations to the public.
Experts in media law and free expression explore the cult of secrecy in the Review’s articles and signature Report Card on Free Expression in Canada. This year’s grades span the spectrum from head of the class to flunking out. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is at the bottom with a grade of “F,” singled out for its zeal in muzzling scientists and keeping critical research findings from Canadians.
by Arnold Amber
Originally published in the Huffington Post.
If asked, most Canadians would say that free expression is their right to say/write/yell or blog anything they want. Unfortunately, they would only be half right.
TORONTO (May 2, 2013) In the 2013 Review of Free Expression in Canada, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) highlights a serious issue in Canada: a cult of secrecy. From the silencing of scientists to police posing as journalists to the surveillance of aboriginal activists, this pervasive issue threatens citizens’ right to free expression and undermines democratic society.
By Laura Tribe
UNESCO has released an infographic about the perils of being a journalist in a culture of impunity. The statistics below highlight the importance of a free press and free expression.
The infographic is also a great lead up to World Press Freedom Day, on May 3. Find more UNESCO activities and resources on its World Press Freedom Day website.
CJFE will also be launching its annual Review of Free Expression in Canada to mark the day.
TORONTO, April 25, 2013 - On May 3, 2013, World Press Freedom Day, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) releases its 2012-13 Review of Free Expression in Canada. This is the fourth edition of the annual Review, an in-depth analysis of the state of free expression in Canada, and the only publication of its kind.