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 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
CJFE supports the Legislative Council of Hong Kong’s recent rejection of a Beijing-backed electoral reform proposal that would have required citizens of the special administrative region to elect their chief executive from a list of three candidates pre-selected by the mainland government. Read more
The following is an open letter signed by 15 international press freedom organizations, urging Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to allow media organizations in the country to reopen and operate freely, particularly in light of upcoming elections. Burundi's leading privately owned media outlets have been forcibly closed since late April, after President Nkurunziza's announcement that he would seek a third term as leader spurred extensive protests. Read more
CJFE adds its voice to the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) along with the undersigned members of IFEX, the global network of organisations dedicated to promoting and defending freedom of expression worldwide, in writing to you regarding the case of the murdered journalist, Ibrahim Foday. Foday was killed four years ago today on 12 June 2011 at the age of 38 while reporting for the privately owned Exclusive Newspaper near Grafton in the outskirts of Freetown. Read more
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
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