How was CJFE started?
CJFE was created in response to the large scale killings and kidnappings of journalists in Latin America in the late 1970s. Read more about our history here.
How is CJFE run?
CJFE is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, based in Toronto, Canada. We are a member-based organization with a 15-person Board of Directors.
Can anyone join CJFE or is it just for journalists?
Everyone who supports free expression is welcome to join or support CJFE, regardless of their profession. Many of our members are journalists, but others are lawyers, teachers, students and others from all walks of life.
What do I get for joining CJFE?
- • Becoming an integral part of our constant fight to defend free expression rights and press freedom in Canada and abroad
- • The right to attend and vote at CJFE's Annual General Meeting (AGM), where Board members are elected and important decisions are made about campaigns, policy and CJFE's strategic direction
- • Free access our post-AGM event. Last year's event focused on the muzzling of scientists in Canada, and this year's panel focused on government surveillance
- • Access to the CJFE newsletter
- • Earlybird access to tickets for CJFE's annual Gala
- • First access to copies of our annual Review of Free Expression in Canada
What does my membership fee or donation free pay for?
- • Since the unjust arrest of Al Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his colleagues in December 2013, CJFE has taken the lead campaigning for their release
- • Last year, CJFE successfully defeated Bill C-461, which would have required the CBC to disclose its confidential sources to government, effectively destroying its ability to conduct investigative journalism
- • CJFE continues to flight for anti-SLAPP legislation and for reform of Canada's dismal access to information and whistleblower protection systems
- • Our Review of Free Expression in Canada shines a light on the state of our rights each year
- • Our website, the go-to resource for free expression issues in Canada
- • Journalists in Distress, a fund that provides humanitarian assistance to journalists whose lives and well being are threatened in the field
How much does membership cost?
Are there discounted rates?
How long does my membership last?
Do I get a tax receipt for membership fees or donations?
What is the difference between becoming member and making a donation?
- • Members are entitled to vote at CJFE's Annual General Meeting, and access the benefits of membership listed above.
- • Donors give us their valuable support, but without those additional benefits and voting rights.
How much or little can I donate?
Can I set up monthly or annual donations automatically?
Can I allocate my donation to a specific program?
Have other questions? Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.