Newsletter: September 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dear CJFE members and supporters,

This week has been a difficult one at CJFE. Bob Carty, a member of CJFE’s Board of Directors, Canadian Issues Committee, and long-time supporter of the organization, passed away this past Sunday, September 22. We have lost an incredible friend, colleague, journalist and activist. Bob was a leading contributor to CJFE’s work. He led the fight for access to information reform, and founded our annual Review of Free Expression in Canada. He was also a founding member of IFEX, the global network of organizations dedicated to defending and promoting free expression. Few Canadians have given so much to the cause of free expression and press freedom as Bob Carty. He will be deeply missed.

A mass and celebration of Bob’s life will take place on Friday, October 3, at St. Joseph’s Parish, 151 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa. Service will begin at 2:00pm followed by a gathering with music and tributes. As we noted in our full statement, our thoughts go out to his family and many friends.

2014 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting

What we were working on in September:

  • British Columbia failing at access to information: The B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner released a report highlighting serious issues in the state of access to information in the province.
  • Stephen Harper at the United Nations General Assembly: CJFE calls on Harper to take advantage of his upcoming appearance at the UNGA to advocate for the release of imprisoned Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy.
  • Out-of-control CSEC spying: CJFE and the Protect Our Privacy coalition have launched a new video showcasing how CSEC could be monitoring you, your family, and countless other people.
  • Take a look at CJFE’s cross-country comparisons of federal and provincial courts with our interactive infographics:

Which Canadian courts provide access to transcripts, documents and exhibits?
Which Canadian courts permit audio-visual and electronic access?

A look at what’s coming up next month:

  • September 28: Right to Know Day. Canada joins approximately 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations to celebrate Right to Know Day.
  • September 29: The 4-year anniversary of Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan being sentenced to 19-and-a-half years in prison.
  • October 7: The 8-year anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
  • We will be announcing our International Press Freedom Award winner, to be honoured at the 2014 Gala.



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