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.

COVID-19: TIPS & BEST-PRACTICES FOR JOURNALISTS

Canadian journalists are playing an essential role in keeping communities informed as the global pandemic of COVID-19 continues to spread. The pandemic has hit every industry including Canadian media and the CAJ is striving to support journalists as best it can. We have collated some tips, resourc...

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CANADA RAPIDLY LOSING MORAL AUTHORITY AFTER ARREST OF AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER

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. Gl...

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TOWN OF ERIN NAMED MOST SECRETIVE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT IN CANADA

OTTAWA, Feb. 24, 2020 /CNW/— The Town of Erin, Ont., is the 2019 recipient of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the category of municipal government. The award is given annually by The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Centre for Free Expressi...

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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

[Update: The deadline for nominations has been extended to May 1, 2020.] 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 ...

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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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