Press Freedom in Russia: Talking to Grigory Pasko

Date: 
Monday, February 21, 2005
Location: 
Toronto: Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression,
Amnesty International and PEN Canada
invite you to a talk by

Russian Journalist Grigory Pasko

on the topic of
Press Freedom in Russia

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Amnesty International and PEN Canada are honoured to receive a visit from Grigory Pasko, a world-renowned environmental activist, military and environmental journalist, and whistleblower who exposed Russia's dumping of nuclear waste in the Japan Sea. As a result of his reporting on that topic, Mr. Pasko suffered political persecution from Russian authorities, including criminal charges, long court battles and years in prison.

Grigory Pasko's legitimate work and commitment to freedom of expression have made him a hero to the international human rights community. Amnesty International considers Mr. Pasko to have been a prisoner of conscience and the organization performed extensive campaigning on his behalf. CJFE has also been actively involved in supporting Mr. Pasko and publicizing his case. He is also an Honorary Member of PEN Canada. This talk is a rare opportunity for supporters of CJFE, Amnesty International and PEN Canada to meet a person for whom they have passionately campaigned.

Grigory Pasko is currently the Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He is also the Editor-in-chief of the Russian magazine Environment and Rights (Ekologia i pravo).

In 2002, Mr. Pasko won the Reporters Without Borders - Fondation de France Prize, given out by an international jury to alert the public to press freedom issues. The prize is given to journalists who have shown devotion to freedom of information through their work. Grigory Pasko has also been nominated for a number of awards that spotlight freedom of expression abuses, including the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and UNESCO's World Press Freedom prize.

Date: Monday, February 21, 2005 Time: 7:15 pm
Location: Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West
(Enter the church from the east side, off Dunvegan Rd.)
Details: Free Admission
Grigory Pasko's talk will be followed by a question and answer session.
For more information: Visit www.cjfe.org or call (416) 515-9622 x.223