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 joins IFEX members in condemning the Malaysian government’s crackdown on freedom of expression via the expansion and increased use of the Sedition Act (1948). In the past two years, the escalated use of the pre-colonial Act has seen government officials, opposition politicians and the media harassed and often prosecuted. Among those charged for sedition is Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, known under the ink name 'Zunar'. Read more
CJFE is distressed by recent reports of persistent threats facing journalists working in Nigeria. Journalists in the country reporting on violence between the militant group Boko Haram and the Nigerian authorities have been subjected to detention, attacks and censorship as the government attempts to limit reporting on issues that have the potential to make it appear ineffectual. Read more
CJFE strongly condemns the April 17 sentencing of 71-year-old Chinese journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for allegedly leaking state secrets to overseas media. Gao was arrested last year and accused of sending an internal Communist Party memo, Document No. 9, to US-based Chinese news outlet Mirror Media Group in 2013. The document warned party members against the incursion of “Western ideals,” including independent media and human rights, into Chinese culture. Read more
CJFE is distressed by reports of persistent threats facing journalists working in northern Kenya, particularly in light of recent violence in the region. Kenyan journalists are increasingly being forced to make an impossible choice in their quest to report public interest stories, as they face attacks and threats from both militant groups and government officials. Read more
CJFE condemns the targeted killing of a journalist and media workers by Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen on April 20. Journalist and TV presenter Mohammed Shamsan and three other staff members of Sana’a-based television station Yemen Today were killed in an airstrike that appears to have deliberately targeted the broadcaster’s office. Read more
CJFE is deeply troubled by the recent threats made by Thailand’s junta leader, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, against journalists and media workers in the country. In attempting to silence and intimidate journalists, the leader has signalled his intent to continue perpetuating the worsening climate for free expression in Thailand. Read more
His Excellency Bashar al-Assad President of the Syrian Arab Republic Presidential Palace al-Rashid Street Damascus Syrian Arab Republic Your Excellency, I am writing on behalf of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect press freedom and freedom of expression around the world. Read more
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