World Press Freedom Day Event: Live Blogged

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Presents:
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SOLD OUT! For those of you who won't be able to attend the event, we invite you to join us online.

With the generous support of ScribbleLive, CJFE is live blogging an event for the first time! Clicking on this link will take you to a live feed, where you will be able to follow along with what the panellists are saying starting from 6:30pm EST. Members of the audience are being invited to add their comments through Twitter using #cjfelive, or by e-mailing comments directly to [email protected]. If you’re joining us online, you’ll be able to add comments and ask questions directly on this site during the event.

We will also be filming parts of the event, including interviews with the panellists, which will be posted to our website following the event.

(This information was originally posted on April 27, 2011, and recently updated on May 10, 2011.)

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) presents a discussion about the state of access to information in Canada on May 10, sponsored by NOW Magazine. CBC Radio One’s The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti will host, with expert panellists Ottawa Deputy Bureau Chief Dean Beeby of the Canadian Press, former Information Commissioner John Reid and investigative journalist with CTV’s W5, Paula Todd.

Previously a global leader, Canada has fallen behind in promoting and protecting freedom of information. Last year, CJFE gave a failing grade to the Harper government’s access to information policies, citing delayed response times and federal agencies invoking national security at the drop of a hat to restrict information.

At the event, which marks World Press Freedom Day, CJFE will release its second annual “Review of Free Expression in Canada 2010/2011”. Paula Todd will discuss the Review’s assessment of the performance of Canada’s major institutions on free speech. The Review also explores hate speech, Wikileaks, whistleblowing and the protection of sources.

Moderator: Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio One’s The Current
• Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press Deputy Bureau Chief in Ottawa
• John Reid, former Information Commissioner of Canada
• Paula Todd, lawyer, and investigative journalist with CTV’s W5

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
Doors open at 6:30pm Event starts at 7:00 pm

WHERE: The NOW Lounge
189 Church Street, Toronto

TICKETS & INFO: Admission is free, but seating is limited. SOLD OUT
Light refreshments and cash bar.

For more information please contact:
Jen Wilson, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
416-515-9622 x.231, assistant [at]

JOIN US ONLINE VIA OUR LIVE BLOG! Blogging will begin at 6:30pm EST.