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.
Six journalists covering the inauguration protests in Washington DC have been charged with felony rioting, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. This is an unacceptable assault on press freedom and an act of intimidation against journalists just for doing their job. All charges must be dropped immediately. Read more
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has backtracked on its promise to reveal to a Senate committee the agency’s history of spying on Canadian journalists and media workers. We call on CSIS to be fully transparent with Canadians about surveillance activities that relate to sensitive public interest sectors like journalism. Read more
Press freedom coalition calls on Canadian government to pass shield law protecting journalists' sources
A global coalition is calling on the Canadian government to take urgent action to address the growing press freedom crisis in Canada, including passing a press shield law, fixing the warrant process for media workers, removing intrusive surveillance powers, and launching a national inquiry into spying on journalists. Read more
CJFE is deeply concerned by the October 1, 2016, seizure of electronic devices owned by journalist Edward Ou. Mr. Ou is an award-winning Canadian photojournalist who has spent years reporting from the frontlines of social movements. In early October, Mr. Ou sought entry to the United States via the Vancouver Airport and was on his way to cover protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota, on behalf of Canada’s national broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Read more
Canadian journalists and free speech advocates are calling on the Trudeau government to take steps to protect press freedom in Canada, following recent revelations that ten Québec journalists were under police surveillance in order to ascertain their sources, and the ongoing case of VICE News journalist Ben Makuch. Read more
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