CJFE Newsletter: November 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Dear CJFE members and supporters,

The 17th annual CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting is next week and we look forward to seeing everyone there! We are extremely excited to celebrate this year’s award winners – Kathy Gannon, Oleksiy Matsuka, and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) – as well as the many other journalists and rights defenders who have made a profound impact on the fight for free expression. And there is still time for last minute ticket purchases! That’s not all we’ve been up to, however – with a number of events and activities, take a look at everything happening this month at CJFE.

2014 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting

  • Vox Libera Award: CJFE is pleased to announce that we will be honouring the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) for their work highlighting the issue of missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
  • Peruse the biographies of all of this year’s award winners.
  • The photo exhibit will feature 30 acclaimed photos from the late Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, all available for purchase through a silent auction.
  • Live online coverage: Can’t make it to the CJFE Gala? We’ll be broadcasting the event live, along with additional background content, photos, and highlights from the evening’s program.

Events Tonight

We have two (free!) events taking place today, Thursday, November 27, 2014, in Toronto and Ottawa.

Ethics and Accountability in the Changing Media Landscape in the Philippines

5:00–7:00 p.m. Location: 140 St. George Street, Claude Bissell building, Room BL 507, Toronto

Cecilia ‘Cheche’ Lazaro, this year’s Annual McLuhan Fellow from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, will be presenting on the ethics and accountability of the changing media landscape in the Philippines. Ms. Lazaro is one of the most award-winning TV journalists in the Philippines and holds an MA in Radio and Television and two doctorates of humanities (honoris causa). Read about the Marshall McLuhan Fellowship, Ms. Lazaro’s full biography, and more about her talk today here.

Threatening Democracy: SLAPPS and the Judicial Repression of Political Discourse

7:00 p.m. Location: Octopus Books, 251 Bank Street, Upper Level, Ottawa

Normand Landry will be speaking to his new book about the issue of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) in Canada. Landry will be joined by Pierre Sadik, Manager of Legislative Affairs for Ecojustice Canada, who will discuss the current status of anti-SLAPP legislation in Ontario, and why it is important that this legislation is passed. Event details.

What we were working on in November:

  • Censorship Tracker: CJFE, along with PEN Canada, BCCLA, and CCLA launched a crowdsourced tool for mapping limitations on the right to free expression in Canada.
  • Have you been censored? Submit your story!
  • Iran’s “Blogfather” released: CJFE celebrates reports that Iranian-Canadian Hossein Derakhshan was pardoned on November 19 after six years in Iranian prison.
  • OpenMedia Town Hall: CJFE’s Executive Director Tom Henheffer joined Steve Anderson for a Facebook chat to talk about privacy in Canada.
  • Muzzling scientists: CJFE held a live chat about the challenges of talking about climate science in Canada with journalist Raveena Aulakh and Dr. Tom Duck.
  • Day of the Imprisoned Writer: On November 15, CJFE recognized writers around the world who have been persecuted for exercising their right to free expression.
  • Remembering Ampatuan: November 23 marked the 5th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre in the Philippines, the largest attack on journalists in recent history. There has not been a single conviction in the premeditated murder of women, children, and press workers.
  • Ottawa shooting: Canadians must not let the government curtail their freedoms for the illusion of security.
  • Movie night: A screening of the Oscar-nominated film War Photographer was held in Ottawa on November 23 to help raise funds for imprisoned journalist Mohamed Fahmy.
  • Sisters in Spirit: CJFE examines the broader context of NWAC's work on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and the tireless efforts to bring it into the public’s consciousness.
  • Access to information railroaded: Last week the Hamilton Spectator published a 32-page story based on a 16-year fight for information.
  • Need a job? IFEX is looking for a new Head of Campaigns and Advocacy! Applications for the position are due TOMORROW, November 28.

What’s coming up next month:

  • December 3: The 2014 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting. • December 29: The one-year anniversary of the arrests of Al Jazeera English journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed in Egypt.
  • Feature articles on issues including why Mexico’s drug war receives so little attention in the Canadian mainstream press, and the perils of reporting from Ukraine and Afghanistan.

Thanks for reading our newsletter and we hope you have a great month!

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