March 2016 Newsletter

Friday, April 01, 2016
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March has been a busy month for CJFE, with both victories and disappointments for free expression in Canada and around the world. Read on to learn about the developments over the past month and how they could affect you. 

Free Expression in Canada


vice.jpgCourt Rules Against VICE Journalist's Protection of Source

An Ontario court has ruled that a VICE News reporter must hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the RCMP. This ruling sets a dangerous precedent and deals a blow to press freedom in Canada. 





pdates on Access to Information

The federal government has announced the beginning of a consultation process to improve the Access to Information Act. Meanwhile, Global News' reporter Anna Mehler Paperny tells us about the thousands of redacted pages she received when she made an ATI request regarding Bill C-51.






resilience.pngCovering Resilience When Reporting on Indigenous Issues

Coverage of Indigenous communities often focuses on social problems like violence, addiction and poverty. When reporting, if we dwell only on the negative we miss crucial trends concerning both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.





Allison_Smith_.pngJournalist Allison Smith Denied Press Gallery Access

Smith runs a specialized website that covers the Ontario legislature. She has been denied access by the Queen's Park press gallery for four years. We affirm Smith’s legitimacy as a journalist and request the Press Gallery to grant her full access.





Free Expression Around the World


Screen_Shot_2016-04-01_at_3.39.32_PM.pngEast Africa: Exiled Journalist Michael Abraha on Press Freedom

Through CJFE’s Journalists in Distress Fund, Abraha received emergency assistance that helped him escape persecution in Kenya and Eritrea. Abraha talks about press freedom in East Africa and the persecution, attacks and fears he has faced as a journalist.




Screen_Shot_2016-04-01_at_3.52.53_PM.pngUSA: Study Reveals the Chilling Effect of Online Surveillance

A new U.S. study suggests that the perception of digital surveillance alone is enough to stifle public debate and silence citizens online, particularly dissident voices and minority opinions. 







Brazil: The Gutting of Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights

In 2014, an Internet Bill of Rights was enacted in Brazil. The legislation was praised worldwide, but subsequent amendments to the bill revealed the terrible consequences it can have for Internet users.






Zaman_Turkey.pngTurkey: CJFE Condemns the Seizure of Zaman newspaper

On March 4, a Turkish court ordered Zaman placed under government control. Police forcibly raided their headquarters to ensure an administrator was installed to manage the oppositional newspapers.



azerbaijan_prisoners.pngAzerbaijan: Political Prisoners Released!

Human rights defender Rasul Jafarov stepped out from Baku’s Prison Number 10 into freedom on March 17th after spending 593 days unjustly jailed. The same day, the European Court of Human Rights acknowledged that his arrest was politically motivated.





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

Alix Buck
CJFE Promotions and Communications Coordinator

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