CJFE Presents "Spotlight ON/Spotlight OFF"

Monday, May 3, 2004
The Canadian media is able to shine a bright spotlight on human rights issues around the world, but what happens when that spotlight is turned off? Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) presents Spotlight ON/Spotlight OFF, an event in celebration of World Press Freedom Day, which will explore this question and the challenges facing journalists in their work to inform the public about global issues. Join Host Anna Maria Tremonti as she talks with prominent journalists and writers Sally Armstrong, Charlie Foran and Paul Knox in a discussion about their experiences reporting on Afghanistan, Hong Kong/China and Haiti. Each year, on May 3, World Press Freedom Day is celebrated in recognition of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles drawn up by African journalists in 1991 calling for a free and independent media on that continent and throughout the world. CJFE, which works to defend the rights of journalists and contribute to the development of media freedom around the world, reaffirms the principles of the Declaration: "The establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy in a nation." World Press Freedom Day brings together journalists, media and free expression organisations in pursuit of these common goals, and CJFE is happy that this event has received the support of the Globe & Mail and the Royal Ontario Museum, and will also include the participation of Amnesty International, PEN Canada, JEX, World Press Photo 04 Toronto, the Society of Environmental Journalists, Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writers Club and the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, who will have information booths at the event. Admission is free to Spotlight ON, Spotlight OFF, and members of the public are invited to either bring or purchase food and refreshments at the ROM, and enjoy lunch while listening to the speakers. Date: Monday May 3 Time: 12 to 2 PM Location: Canada Court, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario 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 For more information, contact Julie Payne at (416) 515-9622 or e-mail:jpayne@cjfe.org

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