Siddiqui to Replace Mills at CJFE Annual Meeting Oct. 1

Thursday, September 26, 2002
CJFE will tackle the issue of free expression and corporate concentration of media ownership at its Annual General Meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 1 with the help of two prominent Canadian journalists. Haroon Siddiqui and Wilson Southam will take part in a panel discussion on recent events at CanWest Global Communications Corp. and on the broader issue of journalistic free expression in Canada during the public portion of the CJFE Annual General Meeting. Russell Mills, fired from his post as publisher of The Ottawa Citizen earlier this year, was to have been on the panel. But late Tuesday, he advised CJFE that he could not take part because negotiations for a settlement of a legal dispute between CanWest Global and him are at a “delicate stage.” Haroon Siddiqui, Editorial Page Editor Emeritus of The Toronto Star, won the National Press Club of Canada 2002 World Press Freedom Award for his long-standing interest in press freedoms and free expression. Wilson Southam is one of 40 former Southam officers and directors who publicly called on CanWest Global in June to reconsider its policy of requiring all 14 dailies to run weekly editorials issued by corporate headquarters. The chain editorials have in fact been dropped. The panel discussion begins at 8:00 pm and is open to the public. The Annual General Meeting, for CJFE members only, begins at 6:30 pm and runs until the 8:00 pm start of the panel. It all happens at Massey College in Toronto Tuesday, Oct. 1. Date: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002 6:30 – 8:00 pm (members only) 8:00-10:00 pm (open to all) Place: Upper Library, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto Light refreshments will be served – cash bar. For more information, please contact CJFE at (416) 515-9622 or e-mail cjfe@cjfe.org

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