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 condemns the detention of Canadian scientist Robert Penner in Nepal, and is alarmed by Nepal’s decision to expel him from the country. Penner’s treatment calls into question whether or not foreigners will be permitted to enjoy free speech rights in Nepal, and casts a chill on everyone in the country who criticizes powerful institutions. Read more
CJFE has joined a coalition of academics, intellectuals, human rights advocates, and organizations from Bangladesh and around the world to unequivocally condemn the Bangladesh government's inaction and dangerous rhetoric after a slew of violent attacks against writers, publishers and activists who express secular, humanist, or progressive views. Read more
CJFE condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal murder of Bangladeshi LGBT activist and editor Xulhaz Mannan, and his friend and colleague Tanay Mojumdar, on April 24. Mannan was the editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first and only LGBT magazine, which argued for greater acceptance and tolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Bangladeshi society. Read more
CJFE strongly condemns the arrest of opposition journalist and senior editor Shafik Rehman on April 16, 2016. Rehman was arrested on suspicion of sedition and allegedly conspiring in a plot to kill the son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed. Rehman’s arrest occurs amid a worrying deterioration of press freedom in Bangladesh, specifically targeting opposition media. Read more
CJFE and a coalition of human rights groups call for the immediate and unconditional release of prominent Tibetan blogger, writer and intellectual Druklo, who goes by the pen name Shokjang. Shokjang was detained by authorities in March 2015. After nearly a year with no formal charges, he was sentenced in February 2016 to three years in prison for 'inciting separatism', a charge he has rejected. Read more
CJFE is saddened and outraged by the brutal murder of Bangladeshi secular blogger Nazimuddin Samad on April 6, 2016. Samad, a 26-year old law student at Jagannath University in Dhaka, was reportedly walking home with a friend when he was intercepted by three assailants on a motorcycle, who attacked him with machetes before shooting him. Read more
We, the undersigned, are alarmed by the Ontario Superior Court ruling that Vice News reporter Ben Makuch must hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the RCMP. This ruling sets a dangerous precedent and deals a blow to press freedom and the integrity of journalism in Canada. Read more
The undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition, express our relief over the release of 15 political prisoners in Azerbaijan. Human rights defender Rasul Jafarov, the founder of the Sport for Rights campaign, stepped out from Baku’s Prison Number 10 into freedom on 17 March after spending 593 days unjustly jailed. Read more
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