Yearly Archives: 2020

CAJ: Ontario journalists, whistleblowers impacted by Bill 156

2022-11-17T18:46:33-05:00

OTTAWA, June 10, 2020 /CNW/ — The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is raising a number of concerns about Ontario's proposed Bill 156 and it's impacts on journalists and the public's right to know. These concerns include the targeting of investigative journalists and a lack of protections for whistleblowers. The following written testimony has been submitted to the Standing Committee on General Government:  Dear Standing Committee on General Government, The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is a truly national association of working journalists with members all over the country, and across all forms of media. We would like to offer [...]

CAJ: Ontario journalists, whistleblowers impacted by Bill 1562022-11-17T18:46:33-05:00

CAJ: Police must stop attacking journalists covering protests in the U.S.

2022-12-19T17:54:13-05:00

OTTAWA, June 1, 2020 /CNW/ - Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is outraged after hearing CBC journalist Susan Ormiston’s report that U.S. police shot at her with rubber bullets and Radio-Canada journalist Philippe LeBlanc’s report that police slashed his tires. Both journalists were reporting on protests sweeping across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  “Some officers are purposely injuring reporters. It's positively nightmarish; they are out of control,” says CAJ president Karyn Pugliese. “We’re not armed and we’re not dangerous, unless you believe the truth is dangerous. So, I’m begging police, please stop.”  These are not the [...]

CAJ: Police must stop attacking journalists covering protests in the U.S.2022-12-19T17:54:13-05:00

Three journalists awarded CAJ President’s Award for Wet’suwet’en coverage

2022-12-19T17:43:25-05:00

Each year the Charles Bury President's Award is given under circumstances of exceptional merit to those people or organizations that have made a significant contribution to Canadian journalism. This year, the award is presented to Jerome Turner, Jesse Winter and Amber Bracken for their dedicated reporting and, in particular, for protecting the public's right to know how events unfolded at Wet'suwet'en. Here are the remarks on that award from CAJ president, Karyn Pugliese:  Police have been trying to keep journalists away from important stories.  We've seen this.  After events at Kanesatake in 1990, police blocked reporters from Gustafsen Lake Lake. [...]

Three journalists awarded CAJ President’s Award for Wet’suwet’en coverage2022-12-19T17:43:25-05:00

Congratulations to the 2019 CAJ Awards recipients!

2022-12-19T17:55:38-05:00

OTTAWA, May 30, 2020 / CNW / The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 CAJ Awards for outstanding investigative journalism. This included presenting the McGillivray Award to Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News, for his multi-part look at how one company successfully used Facebook, and fake news posts, to lure people into subscription-based services that only ended up ripping them off. BuzzFeed’s work showed how the company even used Canadian celebrities to bait people in this country, and led to Facebook taking some action and the company itself falling apart. Earlier in the [...]

Congratulations to the 2019 CAJ Awards recipients!2022-12-19T17:55:38-05:00

Liberals can salvage broken ATIP system if they muster political will

2022-11-17T18:49:30-05:00

OTTAWA, May 11, 2020 / CNW /—The access-to-information system, an essential service providing Canadians information about the internal workings of government, is at a near standstill. Delays have produced huge backlogs that are overwhelming departments. This comes at a time when the federal government spends billions of dollars in emergency aid with minimal parliamentary scrutiny. The system is often the only means of transparency that allows  Canadians to hold their government accountable for its actions such as its rapid-fire pandemic response. “The system was in crisis for years before the pandemic, with journalists sometimes waiting years on requests. We warned [...]

Liberals can salvage broken ATIP system if they muster political will2022-11-17T18:49:30-05:00

Environment and Climate Change Canada wins Code of Silence Award

2022-11-17T18:52:56-05:00

TORONTO, April 30, 2020 /CNW/—Environment and Climate Change Canada is the 2019 recipient of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the federal category. The award is given annually by The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University (CFE), News Media Canada and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) to call public attention to governments, government departments and agencies that put extra effort into denying public access to government information to which the public has a right under access to information legislation. The four press-freedom advocacy groups recognized the Environment [...]

Environment and Climate Change Canada wins Code of Silence Award2022-11-17T18:52:56-05:00

Code of Silence Award goes to Alberta Government

2022-10-18T17:24:12-04:00

TORONTO, April 28, 2020 /CNW/—The Government of Alberta is the 2019 recipient of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the provincial category. The award is given annually by The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University (CFE), News Media Canada and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) to call public attention to governments, government departments and agencies that put extra effort into denying public access to government information to which the public has a right under access to information legislation. The four press-freedom advocacy groups recognized the Government of [...]

Code of Silence Award goes to Alberta Government2022-10-18T17:24:12-04:00

Newsrooms must not compromise journalistic independence for advertisers: CAJ

2022-11-17T19:00:54-05:00

OTTAWA, April 8, 2020 /CNW/—The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is disturbed to hear from journalists who say their stories are being vetted to ensure advertisers are kept happy. While the CAJ cannot confirm the practice is widespread, several journalists have reported that their news stories are being reviewed to ensure they do not contain anything that would offend the business community, in the interest of preventing ad losses.  Sales staff have also reportedly offered favourable coverage as incentives for advertising packages. While recognizing the times are desperate and frightening for newsrooms, this is not the way to shore up [...]

Newsrooms must not compromise journalistic independence for advertisers: CAJ2022-11-17T19:00:54-05:00

Canada rapidly losing moral authority after arrest of award-winning filmmaker

2022-12-19T19:33:31-05:00

OTTAWA, March 4, 2020 /CNW/—If Canada's political leaders won’t stand up for journalists whose press-freedom rights are subject to the whims of the RCMP, they better prepare for some harsh criticism, and perhaps embarrassment, when Canada hosts the second instalment of the Canada-U.K. Global Conference for Media Freedom in Quebec City later this year. That conference will come on the heels of the RCMP's arrest of an award-winning American filmmaker, Melissa Cox, for no expressed reason as she reported on a railway blockade in New Hazelton, B.C. “It is a sad irony to see Canada trying to lead a conference [...]

Canada rapidly losing moral authority after arrest of award-winning filmmaker2022-12-19T19:33:31-05:00

Code of Silence Award goes to police in 3 provinces

2022-11-17T16:37:16-05:00

OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2020 /CNW/— The police forces in Sudbury, Windsor, Peterborough, Longueuil, Quebec City, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and the Ontario Provincial Police share the distinction of winning the 2019 Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the category of law enforcement agencies.  The award is given annually by The Canadian Association of Journalists, Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University, News Media Canada, and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression to call public attention to government departments and agencies that put extra effort into denying public access to government information to which the public has [...]

Code of Silence Award goes to police in 3 provinces2022-11-17T16:37:16-05:00
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