Canadian Journalists for Free Expression expressed shock and anger at the murder of Indian journalist Paritosh Pandey.
The crime reporter for the Hindi-language local daily Jansatta Express was murdered the evening of April 14 while watching television at his home in Lucknow, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Pandey, 32, was shot five times at point-blank range by several individuals. He was hit in the head and died instantly. Pandey’s assassins escaped.
JUNE 26 -Canadian Journalists for Free Expression calls on the governments of Nepal and Colombia to act immediately to bring to justice the killers of a journalist and the co-owner of a radio station who died within days of each other.
"These brutal killings, one apparently state-sanctioned and the other of unknown motive, show just how dangerous it is to be a journalist in some parts of the world," CJFE Executive Director Joel Ruimy said.
"Journalists - and friends of free expression everywhere - must speak out against such murders and press governments to ensure swift justice."
TORONTO, May 1 - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) expressed shock and anger today at the assassination in Russia of journalist Valery Ivanov. He is the 21st journalist slain this year.
"We call on Russian authorities to do all in their power to bring the killer to justice," CJFE Executive Director Joel Ruimy said. "We note Russia has become one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists."
Toronto, June 6 - Massey College and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are pleased to announce that Konstantin Parshin of Tajikistan has been awarded the first-ever Donner/CJFE Journalist-at-Risk Fellowship. Mr. Parshin will be one of seven journalists in the Journalism Fellowship Program of Massey College in the University of Toronto. The Journalist-at-Risk is awarded to a mid-career journalist affected by sectarian or ideological violence and intolerance.
Toronto, April 11 - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression is concerned about the well-being of 10 Eritrean journalists on a hunger strike since March 31.
October 24 - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) joins the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in questioning the decision to prevent an accredited journalist from doing his job at last week's Francophone Summit in Beirut, Lebanon.
"If it is true that Gideon Kouts was prevented from carrying out his professional duties because of his nationality, then this is an unacceptable attack on press freedom," CJFE Executive Director Joel Ruimy said.
On 3 May 2001, World Press Freedom Day will mark the tenth anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, adopted on 3 May 1991 at a UNESCO General Conference seminar seeking to promote independent and pluralist media in Africa. The Declaration has since become an important document outlining the fundamental principles of press freedom throughout the world.
In many parts of the world, journalism remains a dangerous profession. Press freedom organizations around the world have documented countless attacks on journalists and media organizations. The numbers remain disturbingly high, as thousands of cases are registered each year; many others go unreported.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), through its Press Freedom Awards, honours those dedicated and principled journalists who often risk their lives to get the news out.
In dozens of countries around the world, journalists regularly face obstacles in order to get the news out. Whether the threats be judicial, physical or otherwise, these dedicated and principled individuals continue to work tirelessly - often risking their lives - so that the news media remain free.
In recognition of their courage and determination, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) bestows two International Press Freedom Awards every year. In 2000, CJFE honoured journalists from Colombia and Iran.
CJFE welcomes reduction in sentence of imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji, but remains concerned about his continued detention