Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Annual General Meeting

Date: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Location: 
Toronto: Upper Library, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place

The meeting will be open to all members of CJFE, with a reception to follow.

All CJFE members are welcome to attend the meeting. Please register with the CJFE office.
To become a member of CJFE contact our office
Guests of members are also welcome for the guest speaker lecture which will commence at approximately 8:00p.m.
Panel Discussion
Afterwards, we invite CJFE members and members of the public to join us for refreshments and a panel discussion in the Common Room.
Topic: The police practice of impersonating journalists.
Speakers: lawyer Phil Tunley
journalist Kelly Toughill
journalist and author Peter Edwards - click here for Peter's bio
We are also awaiting further confirmation from native activist Shawn Brant
Moderator: journalist Anita Mielewczyk

Here are a few words from Phil Tunley on this issue:
"Canadian police officers (including the Ontario Provincial Police, the Vancouver Police Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) have been impersonating journalists.

Police have exploited the journalist-source relationship in order to enter into the trust of persons under investigation. Importantly, this approach has been used on at least two known occasions to gather evidence about aboriginal groups engaged in protest -during the Ipperwash standoff, and during a protest led by Mohawk activist Shawn Brant.

It's clear that vulnerable and marginalized groups that need media attention to get their issues out are extremely susceptible to this tactic. That's why CJFE is working to bring a charter application to end this practice."