Journalists rely on their ability to protect a source’s identity when that person asks for anonymity in return for speaking about sensitive issues. However, few countries have absolute “shield laws” protecting a journalist’s right not to reveal a source’s identity. In Canada, the protection of sources is argued on a case-by-case basis, and they are often protected based on public interest arguments. However, many whistleblowers face dismissal if outed. They also may have to endure lengthy legal battles and vilification for coming forward and speaking up in the public interest. Canada has a dismal history of protecting whistleblowers (other than some cases where the media is seeking to protect their identity). Little appears to have changed despite the passing in 2007 of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act and the creation of the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner.
TORONTO, ON – Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) celebrates the principled stand taken yesterday by independent MP Brent Rathgeber in killing his own private member’s bill, C-461. "The bill would have forced the CBC to disclose journalistic, creative and programming information – including information that would jeopardize the identity of its confidential sources – that no other Canadian media outlet has to release," said Peter Jacobsen, Chair of CJFE's Canadian Issues Committee. "The public broadcaster would have seen its journalistic integrity compromised." Read more
Adrienne Arsenault and Beverly Thomson to co-host A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting TORONTO - On December 4, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) will host its 16th annual gala. Four journalists will be honoured with International Press Freedom Awards: Dessale Berekhet Abraham, Mebrahtu Teclesion Berhe and Ruth Zecarias Ghebre from Eritrea, and Ahmet Şik from Turkey. Bob Thomson, from Canada, will receive CJFE’s Integrity Award. Read more
Whistleblower exposed faulty Canadian government analysis after 1973 Chilean military coup d’etat TORONTO, ON – Forty years ago, a young civil servant undertook a courageous and solitary action, one that would forever deny him a career in government employment. But it was an action that provoked a reversal of Canadian foreign policy, saved thousands of refugee lives, and changed the character of Canadian society. Read more
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