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.
The Review begins with a Report Card that grades key issues, institutions and governmental departments on how their actions have affected freedom of expression and access to information over the past year. What follows is a series of articles examining issues affecting our right to free expression.
The 2012 Review addresses critical questions that impact all Canadians, including:
• Should there be a right to anonymity on the Internet?
• How is Canada failing to protect whistleblowers?
• What threats does Bill C-30 pose to Internet users?
• Why are federally funded scientists in Canada being prevented from talking to journalists?
• Are funding cuts and an escalation in government rhetoric creating a ‘chill’ on free expression in the non-profit sector?
Arnold Amber, CJFE President, is available to discuss the Review and its findings, where Canada stands on free expression, and the risks of taking free expression for granted.
The UN declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day in 1993. The day serves to celebrate the fundamental human right of press freedom, and remind governments to respect and uphold the right to free expression. What better day to encourage Canadians to examine the state of these rights and freedoms within our own borders?
The CJFE Review of Free Expression in Canada will be available online at www.cjfe.org on May 3, 2012.
For an advance embargoed copy, or to speak to CJFE President Arnold Amber, please contact:
About Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of journalists and media workers around the world. In Canada, we monitor, defend and promote free expression and access to information. We encourage and support individuals and groups to be vigilant in the protection of their own and others' free expression rights. We are active participants and builders of the global free expression community.