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.

CAJ LAUNCHES NATIONAL CONFERENCE BURSARY PROGRAM

Do you really, really want to attend this year's CAJ national conference in Montreal—but are on the fence because of a precarious financial situation?   The CAJ wants to help. That's why we’re pleased to launch our national conference bursary program for CAJ members who are la...

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NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR CAJ BOARD OF DIRECTORS JUNE 2020-2022 TERM

Nominations are now open for the 2020-2022 term for the following seats: B.C. regional director Atlantic regional director Northern Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut) regional director Manitoba / Northwestern Ontario regional director National director (three pos...

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CAJ CALLS ON REPORTERS TO CONTINUE DOCUMENTING RCMP INFRINGEMENTS ON MEDIA RIGHTS

OTTAWA, Feb.8, 2020 /CNW/ — The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) continues to receive reports that RCMP officers are blocking media from bearing witness to police actions as they implement an injunction and arrest Wet’suwet’en people.  “All week the RCMP have b...

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REIN IN THE RCMP, JOURNALISM IS NOT A CRIME IN CANADA

OTTAWA, Feb.7, 2020 /CNW/ — This week, the RCMP threatened to arrest journalists covering the implementation of an injunction on Wet’suwet’en territory against First Nation people who oppose a pipeline on their territory. What for? For taking pictures? For trying to inform the pu...

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CAJ CALLS ON RCMP FOR TRANSPARENCY, CONTINUED UNRESTRICTED MEDIA ACCESS

OTTAWA / Jan. 14, 2020 / CNW  — The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is urging the RCMP to remain open and transparent, and allow media continued access to the exclusion zone in Wet’suwet’en Territory so the media can report fairly and accurately on events as they unf...

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CAJ DONATIONS TO SUPPORT IN-NEED, LAID-OFF JOURNALISTS

OTTAWA / Dec. 18, 2019 / CNW  — When the Star Metro newspaper chain announced its closure and layoffs from Vancouver to Halifax, Canadians rallied behind their journalistics peers. Within a few hours, 100 journalists and journalism supporters raised $2,660 through crowdfunding meant as sy...

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TURTLE ISLAND NEWS FIRE: UPDATE FROM THE PUBLISHER

Turtle Island News continues to operate following a fire at their newsroom in October. According to a report published in the paper, a person or persons doused the office building with gasoline early in the morning on Oct. 28. Six Nations Fire Chief, Matthew Miller, is calling it a targeted att...

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CBC REVERSES DECISION TO CONSOLIDATE NORTHERN NEWSCASTS

YELLOWKNIFE / Nov. 20, 2019 / CNW— The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) applauds the CBC’s decision to walk back its controversial plan to merge regional English-language morning radio newscasts in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.  As part of the plan lai...

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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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CAJ SASK LUNCH & LEARN: MMIWG MEDIA CALLS TO JUSTICE

    The Saskatchewan chapter of the Canadian Association of Journalists alongside CBC Saskatchewan in Regina is hosting a learning event regarding the MMIWG media calls to justice. This event takes place Nov. 4, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at CBC Saskatchewan. The MMIWG repo...

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