February 2016 Newsletter

As usual, it's been a busy month at CJFE! Read on to discover all of the free expression developments in Canada and around the world this past month.


Free Expression in Canada



CJFE Board member Mohamed Fahmy, with Amnesty International, proposed a new Protection Charter that would increase Canada’s intervention and support for its citizens and journalists detained abroad.

092550d4-6b73-463d-a0a5-0166e70c1c14.pngFree Expression Advocates Talk Bill C-51

The International Civil Liberties and Monitoring Group and the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University hosted free expression experts John Ralston Saul and Monia Mazigh for a discussion of what Bill C-51 means for our civil liberties, rights and freedoms.





Lack of Transparency in Town Council 

CJFE is concerned with the lack of transparency during town council and committee meetings in Southgate, ON. In 2012, a by-law was amended to ban all audio and video taping of any council or committee meeting.


Free Expression around the World



Africa: Constitutional Coups and Media Repression

In Burundi, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, political leaders clinging to power beyond term limits has led to repressive media environments and violence against journalists.


Turkey: CJFE Award Winner Rami Jarrah Freed from Prison

Syrian citizen journalist Rami Jarrah was arrested 3 weeks ago in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. We're delighted to announce that he was freed after international pressure from CJFE and other organizations around the world. Advocacy does work!


Iran: Cartoonist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was sentenced to 12 years 9 months in prison for publishing a symbolic cartoon online. Iran has claimed to support free expression and stated it will not imprison people for their opinions.




China: Cyber Espionage of Foreign Groups and Countries

CJFE spoke with computer security expert Dmitri Alperovitch about China's cyber espionage on dissident groups, foreign governments and multi-national companies, and the dangers of mass surveillance.






 Thanks for reading, and for your continued support of CJFE!
Until next time,

Alix Buck
CJFE Promotions and Communications Coordinator




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