Fundraising Update and Sneak Peek: 2014-15 Review of Free Expression in Canada

Thursday, March 26, 2015
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We’re hard at work producing the Review of Free Expression in Canada, and this year’s publication is turning out to be the best one yet. Published annually in early May to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, the Review looks back at the nation’s most pressing free expression issues from the past year to provide a comprehensive report on the trends, triumphs and threats affecting your rights.

As a non-profit, CJFE depends entirely on support through memberships and donations from people like you to make the Review possible. We need to raise $7,000 to publish this year’s Review and reach new audiences to inform more Canadians about what’s happening to our rights. Today, we’re proud to announce that, thanks to supportive defenders of free expression, we have already raised over 30% of our fundraising goal! In honour of this amazing support, today we are thrilled to share another sneak peek at some of the important content in this year’s edition.

  1. Journalists Jim Bronskill (CP), Sean Holman (professor at Mount Royal), Jacques Poitras (CBC) and Tom Spears (Ottawa Citizen) show why access to information is important. Their stories examine the Canadian discovery of kryptonite, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, alterations to New Brunswick’s public records, and torture directives at Canada’s foreign spy agency, CSIS.
  2. Lawyer and CJFE Board member Peter Jacobsen tackles the complicated issue of publication bans in Canada’s judicial process, looking at media responses to the Rehtaeh Parsons and Mayor Rob Ford cases, and the effects of social media on jury objectivity.
  3. Professor and former-federal scientist Michael Rennie writes about funding cutbacks to science programs and the muzzling of federal scientists. For more information about this issue, take a look at our interactive timeline of important events in the muzzling of scientists and the Write2Know campaign that is calling for an end to this appalling problem in Canada.

The Review is the ONLY publication of its kind in Canada, and it is thanks to donations from free expression supporters like you that we are able to research, produce and share these great stories. You can help us continue this amazing momentum and reach our goal to make this year’s Review possible.

From now until World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, CJFE memberships are 70% off. By becoming a member or making a donation, you can support our programs and advocacy work to defend your rights, including producing and distributing the Review FREE at universities and colleges across the country.

Every new member and every donation brings us one step closer to our $7,000 goal, so please continue sharing our campaign and tweet #CJFEreview to spread the word about this essential, one-of-a-kind publication. The positive response we have already received demonstrates the considerable value that Canadians place on freedom of expression, and we hope to continue this important work with your help.

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