CJFE Newsletter: June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dear CJFE members and supporters,

Lazy, hazy summer days may be upon us—but our work to protect free expression hasn’t slowed down one bit. Below you’ll find feature articles, recent CJFE events and activities, and updates on all things free expression in Canada and around the world. Speaking of summer fun, on July 9th, CJFE is hosting its first ever Media Party in Toronto! Come out for a night of drinks, food, and great conversation with journalists, CJFE members, some notable Canadian media personalities, and more. All are welcome!

Features from CJFE’s annual Review

  • Free Expression Reports: An interactive map of what’s happening in free expression news across the country.
    Plus: Check out CJFE’s news feed of breaking free expression stories in Canada.
  • The Case for Encryption: News organizations and journalists aren’t doing enough to secure data and communications, putting sources and whistleblowers at risk (Dave Seglins, CBC News).
  • The Charlie Hebdo Challenge: Canadian news media bitterly debated whether to republish Charlie Hebdo’s controversial cartoons (Paul Knox, The Globe and Mail, Ryerson University). Plus: See how governments around the world clamped down on free speech after the Charlie Hebdo attack.
  • Trading Away Our Rights: Canada is engaged in secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, a free trade agreement that threatens our privacy and free expression (A.T. Kingsmith, York University).
  • In the Spotlight: Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), talked to CJFE about free expression, Bill C-51, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.


Canadian Updates

  • #KillC51: Join the social media rebellion to stand against Bill C-51—tell the Conservative Party of Canada that the law needs to be completely repealed.
  • Defamation, Libel and Slander: Know your legal rights to free expression and your defences against defamation with this easy primer.
  • Surveillance in Canada: Two years after the Snowden leaks began, the state of surveillance is grim, but Canadians are increasingly standing up for their privacy rights.
  • Plus: The Telecom Transparency Project and The Citizen Lab reported on telecommunications surveillance in Canada.
  • Introducing Luiz Hidalgo Nunes Jr.: CJFE is pleased to announce that Luiz Hidalgo Nunes Jr. of Brazil has been awarded the 2015-16 Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College!
  • Infographic – Should Canadians Worry About Censorship?: CJFE, PEN Canada, CCLA and BCCLA let you know about the state of censorship in Canada and how you can help track it.
  • Infographic – Canada's Privacy Plan: CJFE and OpenMedia addressed Canada’s privacy deficit using crowdsourced polling data—this is what Canadians want in a privacy plan.
  • Press Freedom in Montréal: CJFE and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) express deep concerns over the treatment of journalists in Montréal over the last three years.
  • Criminalizing Hate: CJFE hosted a public debate with law and civil rights experts on the necessity of hate speech legislation in Canada. Check out the top quotes from the great #HateDebate.

International Updates

  • #FreeAJstaff trial recaps of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed in Egypt—June 2, June 4, June 11, June 25.
  • Paraguay: CJFE joined a campaign that successfully advocated for Paraguay’s legislature to reject a bill that would have legalized mass surveillance.
  • Saudi Arabia: On the third anniversary of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s arrest for peacefully expressing his views, CJFE joined the international Day of Action to support Badawi and protest his incarceration.
  • Burundi: Privately owned media outlets have been forcibly closed since April, with an estimated 50 local journalists fleeing the country for their own safety.
  • China: 26 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, new movements for social change in China are gaining international support through social media.
  • Iran: Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Mostafa Azizi was sentenced to eight years in prison for peacefully expressing opinions that counter the government’s positions.
  • Somalia: One of the masterminds behind the kidnappings of Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout and her colleagues is finally being prosecuted.

Thanks for reading and happy Canada Day!

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