CJFE presents "Drawing Controversy: The Mohammed Cartoons"

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

MEDIA ADVISORY
CJFE Presents
Drawing Controversy: The Mohammed Cartoons
In commemoration of World Press Freedom Day

April 26, 2006

Three months after the Danish cartoon controversy flared up, tempers have calmed down, the protests have ended, and the story has fallen out of the headlines. But what have we learned? What does the controversy mean for a multi-cultural, 'tolerant' country such as Canada, and how this has affected free expression around the world?

CJFE presents a panel of experts to discuss Islamic laws, political cartoons, free expression and the media's perspective on the cartoons published by Jyllands-Posten.

What: Panel discussion "Drawing Controversy - the Mohammed Cartoons". Followed by Q&A

Who: University of Toronto Professor Anver Emon
Iranian cartoonist Nikahang Kowsar
Josh Paterson, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Toronto Star Editor Emeritus of the Editorial Page Haroon Siddiqui

When: May 3, Doors open at 6:30 PM. Discussion begins at 7:00 PM
Where: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
RSVP: Attendance is free, but seating is limited.

More information: Contact here for more details or view CJFE event page here

Background:World Press Freedom Day, May 3
World Press Freedom Day recognizes the sacrifices made in the struggle for freedom of the press and is a reminder that many governments continue to deny their citizens this basic human right. The May 3 message is that journalists everywhere must be granted the right to report freely and without fear.

CJFE is an association of more than 300 journalists, editors, publishers, producers, students and others who work to promote and defend free expression and press freedom in Canada and around the world. For more information, contact Julie Payne at (416) 515-9622 or send an e-mail.