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.
Canada Drops out of Top 20 on World Press Freedom Index as Global Press Freedom Recession Intensifies
CJFE is gravely concerned by Canada’s decline in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) annual World Press Freedom Index. On April 26, 2017, RSF unveiled the 2017 Index, which ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom afforded to journalists. This year, Canada has fallen from 18th to 22nd place, continuing a severe drop over recent years. Read more
CJFE deeply concerned by persecution of journalists in Tanzania for reporting on Acacia and Barrick Gold mines
CJFE is deeply concerned by reports that journalists in Tanzania are facing persecution for reporting on mines operated by Acacia Mining, a Barrick Gold majority-owned subsidiary. The reports have come through CJFE's Journalists in Distress program, which provides humanitarian assistance to journalists around the world whose lives and well-being are threatened because of their work. Read more
CJFE is deeply concerned by the recent murders of three journalists and shooting of another in separate attacks in Mexico this month. Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in journalist killings and attacks in Mexico, with many taking place in certain regions in particular, namely Veracruz. Read more
CJFE strongly condemns the attempt by legal counsel to J.D. Irving, Limited to silence critical reporting from CBC journalist Jaques Poitras. We believe this is the intent behind the invocation of CBC’s journalistic standards policies in J.D.Irving, Limited’s complaint to the organization’s ombudsman. Specifically, the complaint requested that Poitras be re-assigned and prevented from covering stories involving Irving interests. Read more
CJFE is concerned by reports that a Ryerson University campus group, the Ryerson Campus Conservatives (RCC), made the decision to bar a journalist from a March 22, 2017, on-campus event they were hosting. Journalist and editor Alanna Rizza was reporting for Ryerson’s independent campus news outlet The Eyeopener when she and an editor for the Eyeopener were prevented from entering the event space. The event in question was a discussion of campus culture and the Middle East featuring journalist and pundit Ezra Levant. Read more
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