About us

CJFE is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world.

CJFE is a non-governmental organization with an active Board of Directors that draws from the media, legal and business communities.

In this section you can find out more about CJFE’s history, staff, our supporters and how to contact us. CJFE’s main areas of work include Canadian and international programs and advocacy work; producing the Review of Free Expression in Canada; and our annual fundraising event, the CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting.

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Our vision

To achieve universal respect for and protection of the right to free expression and access to information.

Our mission

CJFE monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. Rooted in the field of journalism, we promote a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of their own and others' free expression rights.