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.
We, the undersigned free expression organisations, call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammed Ismael Rasool, an Iraqi fixer for VICE News. Rasool has remained imprisoned in Turkey on charges of “aiding a terrorist organization” for over two months despite the release of two British colleagues with whom he was initially detained. Read more
CJFE is concerned by the crackdown on Turkish media that is seen as critical of the government in the lead up to Turkey’s November 1st election. On October 28, Turkish police raided and seized the headquarters of Koza-Ipek, a media group owned by an ally of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based leader of the Hizmet movement and a rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Read more
CJFE is concerned about recent charges against two British journalists and a local fixer who were detained while reporting from the south-eastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir. A Turkish court has charged the journalists with “aiding a terrorist organization” and ordered their arrest pending trial. Read more
CJFE adds its voice to the Sport for Rights coalition and the undersigned signatories to strongly condemn the sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova to a staggering 7.5 years in prison. On 1 September, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes convicted Ismayilova on charges of embezzlement, illegal entrepreneurship, tax evasion, and abuse of office. Read more
CJFE was shocked this morning as we learned of the deadly attack on reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on live television in Moneta, Virginia. The two journalists worked at the television station WDBJ7, and were shot dead live on-air in the middle of a report on local tourism. Read more
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