Canadians talk free expression: More to come in the 2014-15 Review

Thursday, April 09, 2015
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Thursday, April 9, 2015
By Megan Drysdale We’re less than a month away from publishing this year’s Review of Free Expression in Canada, and each day brings us one step closer to having the final product ready to go. Most of the articles are in the design stage now, with the final few being passed through factcheckers, lawyers, and copy editors to ensure all of the information you read is accurate. In this week’s preview of what you can expect, we’re turning our eyes back to people like you. While we hold government, institutions, businesses, and society as a whole responsible for their impact on freedom of expression, we also represent and celebrate Canadian defenders of free expression rights. To best represent the values of Canadians in the Review and CJFE’s ongoing advocacy work, we partnered with Nanos Research to poll Canadians about their opinions and concerns with free expression in Canada. Here are the topics we asked Canadians about:
  1. Access to information about government procedures
  2. Scientists’ abilities to speak publicly about their research
  3. Government openness around digital surveillance
  4. Government tracking of cellphone metadata
  5. Canadians news outlets publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad following the January 7th Charlie Hebdo attack.
To find out what Canadians have to say about these issues, check out the Review this May. We will also be featuring exclusive Q&As with three amazing Canadians working hard to protect and defend your rights.
  1. Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of Native Women’s Association of Canada, talks about NWAC’s work to empower and give a voice to Aboriginal women and the threat Bill C-51 poses to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people’s hope for a better future.
  2. Tamir Israel, lawyer for the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), discusses the struggle to bring legislative privacy protections in line with digital advances.
  3. Jim Turk, distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, talks about the importance of academic freedom for academics and the public alike.
These free expression defenders are tackling the tough issues that Canadians care about, and we are pleased to be able to help showcase their work. With your help, CJFE can continue to support and conduct this important cause. By becoming a member of CJFE, you will help us produce the Review, protect and defend your rights, and support our programs and advocacy work on the issues we address throughout the Review. Be sure to share your support by using #CJFEreview on Twitter and Facebook. We’re so grateful for all of the generous support we have already received to date. Thank you for your continued support of our work to protect free expression in Canada.
Megan Drysdale is CJFE’s Editorial and Events Assistant.

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