CJFE Honours Tara Singh Hayer on the first International Day to End Impunity November 23

Thursday, November 17, 2011
TORONTO, ON (November 17, 2011) – Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) wish to recognize the anniversary of the unsolved murder of Canadian newspaper publisher Tara Singh Hayer. In recognition of the first annual International Day to End Impunity on November 23 CJFE calls for a reexamination of this case. Hayer's case is the first of a journalist murdered specifically for his work in Canada. Tara Singh Hayer was the publisher of the Indo-Canadian Times. After being paralyzed in an assassination attempt 10 years earlier, Hayer was shot to death outside his home in Surrey, B.C. on November 18, 1998. A week before his death, Hayer said ominously, "If they get me, they get me. There's nothing I can do and I'm not going to stop my work." Hayer's murder appears to be connected to his investigation into the 1985 bombing of an Air India flight, which resulted in the deaths of all 329 passengers and crew. Hayer had made statements to police that would incriminate members of a militant Sikh separatist group. He paid the ultimate price. CJFE invites individuals to remember Tara Singh Hayer and join us on November 18 by writing to the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and Acting Attorney General, in calling for a thorough reexamination of his case with a view to prosecuting those responsible. The letter can be found at daytoendimpunity.org. Tara Singh Hayer has not been forgotten. About CJFE: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) boldly champions the free expression rights of journalists and media workers around the world. In Canada, we monitor, defend and promote free expression and access to information. We encourage and support individuals and groups to be vigilant in the protection of their own and others' free expression rights. We are active participants and builders of the global free expression community. Follow us on Twitter: @canadaCJFE About the International Day to End Impunity: On November 18 an image of Hayer will join those of 17 other journalists, writers and bloggers killed as a result of their reporting, whose murders also remain unsolved. Their images will be on display on a wall in Toronto at Queen and Ossington as a tribute to their courage until November 23. The International Day to End Impunity is a global call to demand justice for those who have been killed for exercising their right to free expression. The campaign is being managed by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), an international network of organizations dedicated to defending and promoting free expression, managed by CJFE. For further information: Annie Game Executive Director, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression 416-515-9622 x.227 [email protected]

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