Advocacy

We speak on behalf of journalists, and in their interest, on matters including source protection, freedom of information and access to information, public disclosure, and diversity of voices. We speak in support of the highest-quality journalism.

Learn more about our advocacy efforts by reading the news releases at caj.ca and following the links below.

TORSTAR SHUTS DOWN STARMETRO PRINT DAILIES IN FIVE CITIES

OTTAWA / Nov. 19, 2019 / CNW / — Five major Canadian cities will watch invaluable journalism disappear from newsstands before the end of 2019. Torstar will shut down its StarMetro newspapers in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax and Toronto on Dec. 20. When Torstar expanded boldly into fou...

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SECOND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2019 CODE OF SILENCE AWARD

The Canadian Association of Journalists, the Centre for Free Expression, News Media Canada and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are extending the call for nominations for the 2019 Code of Silence awards for outstanding achievement in government secrecy. The awards are given annually in t...

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CAJ CONDEMNS ATTACK ON TURTLE ISLAND NEWS

OTTAWA / Nov. 4, 2019 / CNW — The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) condemns the attack on Turtle Island News, an Indigenous paper at Six Nations Territory located in Southern Ontario. According to a report published in the paper, a person or persons doused the office building with ga...

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CAJ CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AGAINST OTTAWA MEDIA

OTTAWA / Oct. 18, 2019 / CNW —The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) condemns violence directed at media earlier today.  A CTV News photographer was punched multiple times outside of an Ottawa court house today, where several reporters were threatened and another photographer was ...

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CAJ ENCOURAGED COURT DECISION ON PRESS ACCREDITATION WILL PUSH FOR TRANSPARENCY

OTTAWA / Oct. 9, 2019 / CNW — The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is encouraged that a Federal Court decision on accreditation will push the Leaders' Debate Commission to be more transparent. A Federal Court judge ruled Rebel Media and the True North Centre for Public Policy should ...

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CAJ CALLS FOR OVERHAUL OF CANADA'S INFORMATION LAW

OTTAWA / Sept. 28,, 2019 / CNW — As 2019 Right to Know Week falls in the middle of a federal campaign, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) calls on all federal parties, once again, to overhaul Canada’s broken Access to Information law—change that’s been promised and...

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CAJ VANCOUVER SEEKING JOURNALISTS FOR LOCAL CHAPTER

The CAJ board of directors is seeking journalists in Vancouver that may be interested in starting a local chapter of CAJ members. There are now over 50 journalists in the Metro Vancouver area holding active CAJ membership. As such, the area qualifies to have one member sit on the CAJ’s board o...

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CAJ MANITOBA: EXERCISING RIGHTS UNDER FIPPA

Right to Know How: Exercising Your Rights Under FIPPA Access to information provides individuals with knowledge to address public issues, scrutinize government and become active participants in the democratic process. In Manitoba, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA...

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CODE OF SILENCE AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

The Canadian Association of Journalists, the Center for Free Expression, News Media Canada, and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are inviting nominations for the 2019 Code of Silence awards for outstanding achievement in government secrecy. The awards are given in each of the four c...

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CAJ CONDEMNS ACTIONS AGAINST FEMALE REPORTERS

TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2019 /CNW/ - The CAJ strongly condemns the actions of the officials who became physically aggressive with APTN reporters in recent weeks.  In one case, occurring on July 11, the communications director for Peguis First Nation, Dwayne Bird, grabbed APTN prod...

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