CJFE Newsletter: July/August 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dear CJFE members and supporters,

We’re very pleased to announce that earlybird tickets for the 2014 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting are now available. Purchase before September 3rd to save $50 off our standard ticket prices.

The event is shaping up to be an incredible evening. The 17th annual Gala will feature stories that we would never have known about if people had not risked their jobs, freedom and lives to tell us, and pays tribute to these brave individuals. The Gala will take place on December 3rd at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto.

In other news, we’ve also been busy posting updates about free expression victories and setbacks in Canada and internationally. So may I suggest that you take some time this long weekend to catch up on free expression issues you might have missed!

What CJFE has been working on in July

  • #FreeAJstaff campaign updates
  • Mohamed Fahmy contemplates legal appeal: The Canadian journalist detained in Egypt shared his struggle in deciding whether to appeal his sentencing in the corrupt judicial system that sentenced him in the first place.
  • Al Jazeera staff marked their 200th day in prison: Fahmy says that his 200 days of unjust confinement have left him and his colleagues, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, "more determined than ever to fight this war against freedom of speech."
  • Public calls on Egypt to #FreeAJstaff: Over 10,000 people signed our petition to President el-Sisi.
  • Hungary’s media clampdown: A perfect example of “soft censorship,” Hungary’s slow creep of legal controls over the media exemplifies why the smallest threats to free expression can add up to be the most dangerous.
  • CRA auditing of charities cast a chill over free speech: Why is the Canadian government trying to censor anti-censorship organizations? Read CJFE Executive Director Tom Henheffer’s take on the recent CRA audits.
  • Feds muzzle scientists, interactive timeline: Scroll through the past two years to see the challenges that Canadian scientists have faced in the fight for free expression.
  • Reporting on the conflict in eastern Ukraine is banned: CJFE is deeply troubled by the pernicious climate of media repression in Ukraine which has reached critical levels this past month.
  • Dissident journalist fights for free expression in Cuba: Fighting to express herself in a country renowned for its limitations on free speech, learn blogger Yoani Sanchez’ amazing story.
  • European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rules in favour of journalists: CJFE applauds the ECRH’s ruling that award-winning journalists’ rights were violated when they were held in pre-trial detention in Turkey for over a year.
  • New NSA revelations: July saw startling Snowden leaks regarding NSA mass surveillance practices.
  • The right to be forgotten: CJFE board member Paula Todd argues that we shouldn’t forego our right free expression just to be forgotten.
  • What’s coming up in August:

  • #FreeAJStaff: Our campaign for Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed will continue until the journalists are released.
  • Burma: We will be taking a closer look at how free expression is faring in the burgeoning democracy.
  • The perils of reporting from Israel and Palestine: We’re examining some of the challenges journalists face trying to report from this incredibly challenging, and often dangerous, conflict zone.

  • I hope you have a wonderful long weekend. Thanks for reading!

    Diane Shnier, CJFE Outreach and Communications Assistant