CJFE regularly sends letters of concern to authorities in countries around the world - including Canada - where free expression violations have occurred and which warrant particular attention on behalf of CJFE and other like-minded groups. Click on the links below to view the alerts we have released. Alerts do make a difference - and, in some cases, can save lives of imperiled journalists. If you wish to write alerts in support of press freedom around the world, we have some tips and instructions, or contact us at cjfe [at] cjfe.org for further enquiries.
CJFE is calling for immediate consular support for Canadian political dissident Anton Bueckert, who was arrested on August 22 at the St. Clair River U.S.-Canada border crossing. Anton Bueckert, who was on his way to the Burning Man festival, was held for two weeks in a St. Clair, Michigan, county jail waiting for extradition to Minnesota, but when picked up, was transported by the private company Prisoner Transport Service to a hub in Alabama. Read more
We are deeply concerned by the criminal charges brought against two American journalists who covered protests during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January. Aaron Cantú, a staff writer for the Santa Fe Reporter and editor at The New Inquiry, faces a felony charge of rioting, which carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted; while professional photographer Alexei Wood faces a statutory maximum of more than 70 years in prison on additional rioting and destruction of property charges. Read more
CJFE calls on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to drop its case ordering VICE News reporter Ben Makuch to release his confidential communications with accused terrorist Farah Mohamed Shirdon. The U.S. military has confirmed that Shirdon was killed in Mosul, Iraq, in July 2015. A statement released by VICE Canada reads: Read more
CJFE condemns the vandalism of Comedy Bar, a well-known stand-up comedy venue and small business in Toronto that became the unwitting host of a provocative and politically charged event, which in turn attracted elements of the Canadian far right. Small businesses must not be victimized by becoming accidental battlegrounds in the unfolding cultural crisis. Read more
CJFE is deeply concerned by the recent Russian ban on technologies that facilitate access to an open internet and communication tools that allow for private online conversations. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed new legislation on July 29 that makes it illegal to access proxy servers and Virtual Private Networds (VPNs), which reroute internet traffic so that users can circumvent state-censored content and avoid surveillance. These measures will come into effect on November 1, a few months before Vladimir Putin will be seeking re-election for another six-year term. Read more
CJFE condemns the government of Israel’s plans to revoke media credentials from Al Jazeera journalists, close the network’s office in Jerusalem, and pull broadcasts from local cable and satellite providers. The move is an unacceptable assault on press freedom in Israel and an implicit threat against any critic of government policy. Read more
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