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.
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
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
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