Newsletter: September 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dear CJFE members and supporters,

This week has been a difficult one at CJFE. Bob Carty, a member of CJFE’s Board of Directors, Canadian Issues Committee, and long-time supporter of the organization, passed away this past Sunday, September 22. We have lost an incredible friend, colleague, journalist and activist.

Bob was a leading contributor to CJFE’s work. He led the fight for access to information reform, and founded our annual Review of Free Expression in Canada. He was also a founding member of IFEX, the global network of organizations dedicated to defending and promoting free expression. Few Canadians have given so much to the cause of free expression and press freedom as Bob Carty. He will be deeply missed.

A mass and celebration of Bob’s life will take place on Friday, October 3, at St. Joseph’s Parish, 151 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa. Service will begin at 2:00pm followed by a gathering with music and tributes. As we noted in our full statement, our thoughts go out to his family and many friends.

2014 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting

What we were working on in September:

A look at what’s coming up next month:

  • September 28: Right to Know Day. Canada joins approximately 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations to celebrate Right to Know Day.
  • September 29: The 4-year anniversary of Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan being sentenced to 19-and-a-half years in prison.
  • October 7: The 8-year anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
  • • We will be announcing our International Press Freedom Award winner, to be honoured at the 2014 Gala.

Thank you for your continued support of CJFE and for more free expression news, commentary, and event updates, visit cjfe.org!
Sincerely,

Taryn Blanchard
CJFE Communications Assistant

P.S. Let me introduce myself – I am a PhD student at the University of Toronto researching how CJFE does its work protecting and defending free expression, as well as the threats facing free expression in Canada and abroad. I will be acting as a Communications Assistant during my time at CJFE, so I’ll be back next month with another update on CJFE’s work and events!