By Alexandra Zakreski
World Press Freedom Day, an annual occasion to highlight the obstacles, hostility and persecution experienced by journalists around the world, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday, May 3. Citizens around the world reflected on achievements and setbacks in freedom of expression, recognizing contributions by journalists and media professionals, and commemorating those lost in their line of work while reminding governments of their obligations to the public.
Experts in media law and free expression explore the cult of secrecy in the Review’s articles and signature Report Card on Free Expression in Canada. This year’s grades span the spectrum from head of the class to flunking out. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is at the bottom with a grade of “F,” singled out for its zeal in muzzling scientists and keeping critical research findings from Canadians.
by Arnold Amber
Originally published in the Huffington Post.
If asked, most Canadians would say that free expression is their right to say/write/yell or blog anything they want. Unfortunately, they would only be half right.
By Laura Tribe
UNESCO has released an infographic about the perils of being a journalist in a culture of impunity. The statistics below highlight the importance of a free press and free expression.
The infographic is also a great lead up to World Press Freedom Day, on May 3. Find more UNESCO activities and resources on its World Press Freedom Day website.
CJFE will also be launching its annual Review of Free Expression in Canada to mark the day.
CJFE launches Review of Free Expression in Canada on World Press Freedom Day
May 2, 2012 (Toronto, ON) – For the third straight year, the federal government received failing grades from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in a report card on freedom of expression in Canada.
You can also read CJFE's report card, which grades key free expression issues and major institutions.
Read the report online below, or download a PDF version.
April 27, 2012 (Toronto, ON) – On May 3, 2012, World Press Freedom Day, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) will issue its 2012 Review of Free Expression in Canada. The Review is a unique resource, written by subject matter experts, examining how well Canada performed in supporting one of our most important Charter rights: free expression.
This year’s primary focus is the Internet. At a time when the line between our online and offline worlds is growing increasingly blurred, our digital freedoms are more important to protect than ever.