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.
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a landmark case for press freedom in Canada. VICE News successfully sought leave to appeal an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that VICE News reporter Ben Makuch must hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the RCMP. By agreeing to hear the case, the Supreme Court of Canada will have the opportunity to overturn a dangerous precedent and ensure that press freedom and the integrity of journalism in Canada are protected. Read more
CJFE is deeply concerned by the Liberal government’s stated plan to introduce back-to-work legislation during a special weekend session of the Provincial Legislature. We encourage the government to consider the constitutional rights of workers, including impacts to the right to free association and expression that would come from the implementation of this law. Read more
CJFE is deeply concerned by an administrative inquiry being conducted by Toronto Ward 10 Councillor James Pasternak. According to a report from CTV, Pasternak has asked the deputy city manager to assess the feasibility of banning ‘hate-sponsored’ rallies from city property. Some proposed remedies include the power to issue trespass orders, fine for extra police services or possibly to freeze bank accounts. Pasternak’s inquiry will be presented to the city’s executive committee before it is debated. Read more
October 23, 2017, OTTAWA—Over 40 prominent civil society organizations, elected officials, university professors and professionals have sent letters in support of human rights activist Chelsea Manning, who was recently turned away at the Canadian border. The letters are united in their call to reverse the government’s decision to bar Ms. Manning from Canada, and were submitted by her legal counsel as part of a formal request for reconsideration to the Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen on Friday morning. Read more
On a quiet Tuesday afternoon, October 17, 2017, staff in the Vancouver office of environmental advocacy organization Stand.earth (formerly ForestEthics) were participating in an online call about campaign strategy. Only the day before, Stand had won an historic judgement in a lawsuit by forestry giant Resolute had targeted Stand and Greenpeace attempting to use anti-mob Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) laws to silence their free speech. Read more
In August 2017, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed to Global News that Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Somali-Canadian terror suspect was killed in Mosul, Iraq on July 13, 2015. Global News reports that it sent the U.S. military a list of Canadian foreign fighters and asked if any had been killed in Coalition actions. Read more
CJFE is deeply concerned by the revelation that whistleblower and former political prisoner Chelsea Manning was barred entry to Canada by the Canada Border Services Agency on September 22, 2017. Manning shared a photo of a memo which appears to show that she was refused entry because of her criminal record. Read more
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