World Press Freedom Day panel discussion

Monday, May 3, 2004
Toronto:Canada Court, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression presents Spotlight ON/Spotlight OFF, a panel discussion exploring the media's ability to shine a spotlight on human rights issues, hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti. She will be joined by eminent journalists and writers Sally Armstrong, Charlie Foran and Paul Knox who will discuss issues in Afghanistan, Hong Kong/China and Haiti.

CJFE hosts this event in celebration of May 3rd World Press Freedom Day. Each year this event is celebrated in recognition of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles drawn up by African journalists in 1991 calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media on that continent and throughout the world. CJFE reaffirms the basis of the declaration which states that a free press is essential to the existence of democracy and a fundamental human goal.

World Press Freedom Day brings together journalists, media and free expression organisations from around the world in pursuit of these common goals, and CJFE is happy that this event has received the support of the Globe & Mail and the Royal Ontario Museum, and will also include the participation of Amnesty International, PEN Canada, JEX, World Press Photo 04 Toronto, the Society of Environmental Journalists, Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writers Club and the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, who will have information booths at the event.

Admission is free to Spotlight On, Spotlight Off, and members of the public are invited to either bring or purchase food and refreshments at the ROM, and enjoy lunch while listening to the speakers.

Date: Monday, May 3,
Time: 12 to 2pm
Location: Canada Court, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario