CJFE Hosts Two Events Honouring World Press Freedom Day

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
"Revealing Sources" and "Bearing Witness" illustrate restrictions in Canada and abroad Canadian Journalists for Free Expression commemorates World Press Freedom Day with two events looking at different aspects of press freedom. One tackles the thorny issue of a journalist's rights to protect confidential sources, and the second looks at the increasing dangers faced by journalists in the world's war zones. "Revealing Sources" Journalist Ken Peters of The Hamilton Spectator was convicted on contempt of court, and his newspaper fined $31,600 late last year, for insisting upon protecting a confidential source. Peters lost a yearlong court battle over an investigative story he did 10 years ago on conditions in a Hamilton nursing home. He will share his experience and lessons learned in a conversation with author and CBC journalist Carol Off on May 3rd at the Royal Ontario Museum. The event is made possible by the participation of the ROM and The Globe and Mail. What: "Revealing Sources"- Ken Peters, The Hamilton Spectator discusses freedom of expression in Canadian newsrooms When: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 3 Where: The Glass Room, 4th Floor, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario RSVP: Admission is free to "Revealing Sources", but seating is limited. Contact jpayne@cjfe.org for details "Bearing Witness" World Press Freedom Day asks us to to remember the journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. CJFE is proud to co-sponsor with Hot Docs the April 29th screening of "Bearing Witness." The film, by Barbara Kopple, Bob Eisenhardt and Marijana Wotten, is an intimate look at the lives of five accomplished women journalists and the immense risks they take to cover the world's front lines. 2004 was the worst year of the last decade for people covering world events - 129 journalists and media workers lost their lives, many of them in Iraq. What: Screening of "Bearing Witness" - co-sponsored by CJFE When: 1:30 PM Friday, April 29 Location: The ROM Theatre, Toronto Contact: For tickets - contact Hot Docs at www.hotdocs.ca or call 416-530-8105 CJFE is an association of journalists and others committed to preserving and promoting free expression and press freedom in Canada and around the world. For more information about CJFE visit www.cjfe.org The ROM is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Interview opportunity: Please call Julie Payne, CJFE Program Manager at 416 515 9622 x.226, jpayne@cjfe.org if you are interested in arranging an interview with a CJFE Spokesperson.

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