CJFE regularly sends letters of concern to authorities in countries around the world - including Canada - where free expression violations have occurred and which warrant particular attention on behalf of CJFE and other like-minded groups. Click on the links below to view the alerts we have released. Alerts do make a difference - and, in some cases, can save lives of imperiled journalists. If you wish to write alerts in support of press freedom around the world, we have some tips and instructions, or contact us at cjfe [at] cjfe.org for further enquiries.
CJFE is deeply concerned by the May 16, 2017, arrest of freelance photographer David Ritchie and detention of Global News videographer Jeremy Cohn by Hamilton Police Services. All charges against Ritchie must be dismissed and an inquiry held into the conduct of the Hamilton Police Service. Read more
CJFE is deeply concerned about the state of impunity that continues to exist for the perpetrators of attacks against journalists in Croatia. The brutal assault on investigative journalist Dušan Miljuš, nearly a decade ago, remains unsolved and the civil rights group pursuing it, the Partnership for Social Development, is concerned that trying to reopen this attempted murder case could be a provocation that would further endanger the journalist. Read more
CJFE is deeply concerned by reports that American journalist Dan Heyman was recently arrested for asking questions to White House aides Tom Price and Kellyanne Conway at the West Virginia Capitol. Heyman's arrest was baseless, and troubling for the state of press freedom in the United States. Read more
48 rights groups strongly condemn the brutal murder of popular blogger Yameen Rasheed in what is believed to be an attack motivated by his political and social commentary. Maldivian authorities are urged to hold all perpetrators to account and to implement reforms to improve the broader free expression environment in the country. Read more
Canada Drops out of Top 20 on World Press Freedom Index as Global Press Freedom Recession Intensifies
CJFE is gravely concerned by Canada’s decline in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) annual World Press Freedom Index. On April 26, 2017, RSF unveiled the 2017 Index, which ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom afforded to journalists. This year, Canada has fallen from 18th to 22nd place, continuing a severe drop over recent years. Read more
CJFE deeply concerned by persecution of journalists in Tanzania for reporting on Acacia and Barrick Gold mines
CJFE is deeply concerned by reports that journalists in Tanzania are facing persecution for reporting on mines operated by Acacia Mining, a Barrick Gold majority-owned subsidiary. The reports have come through CJFE's Journalists in Distress program, which provides humanitarian assistance to journalists around the world whose lives and well-being are threatened because of their work. Read more
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