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 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
CJFE adds its voice to human rights organizations, civil society organizations and supporters, and concerned members of the blogging and activist community of Bangladesh and internationally to protest in the strongest possible terms the institutional attack on Bangladeshi citizens who profess humanist, atheist or secularist views. Read more
CJFE adds its voice to the Sport for Rights coalition and the undersigned signatories in condemning the conviction and harsh sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus on 13 August by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes. After a trial marred by irregularities and due process violations, the court convicted the couple on politically motivated charges including illegal entrepreneurship, tax evasion, and fraud, and sentenced Leyla to 8.5 years in jail, and Arif to seven. Read more
CJFE welcomes the ruling from Liberia’s Supreme Court ordering the reopening of the country’s National Chronicle newspaper, with immediate effect. The publication was forcibly closed by the Liberian government on August 14, 2014, following a warrantless raid on its offices during which police released tear gas, beat three of the newspaper’s journalists and detained one overnight Read more
CJFE condemns the recent charges laid against CTV’s Los Angeles bureau chief Tom Walters, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly. All three journalists are facing charges stemming from their coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. Read more
CJFE is deeply troubled by the murder of Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa on July 31. Espinosa is the fourth journalist murdered in Mexico so far this year; he had fled Veracruz state for Mexico City only months earlier after receiving death threats stemming from his reporting on local activist movements in the region. Read more
CJFE is encouraged by yesterday’s pardon and release of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for “health reasons.” Rajab had served four months of a six-month sentence on charges of insulting the Ministry of Interior stemming from a September 2014 tweet in which he alleged that many Bahrainis who joined Islamist militant groups were ideologically incubated in Read more
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