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: IT IS EVERY JOURNALIST'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CALL OUT RACISM—EVEN IN THEIR OWN NEWSROOM

In the wake of the arbitration decision in the matter of CBC vs. CMG on behalf of journalist Ahmar Khan, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) calls on all Canadian newsrooms to guarantee that journalists can discuss and report on race and racism without reasonable fear of censure or repercu...

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A SOBERING WEEK FOR JOURNALISM

Dear members, Wednesday's infamous events brought into focus the critical work journalists perform each and every single day around the world, in times of both peace and conflict. It is a journalist’s duty to seek and report the truth, bear witness, and explain complex events so that society ...

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IN MEMORIAM: REMEMBERING SOME OF THE VOICES CANADIAN JOURNALISM LOST IN 2020

A kind editor, a veteran investigative journalist who redefined crime reporting, and a longtime municipal reporter with a sense of humour. These are some of the people Canadian journalism lost in 2020.  Here, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is commemorating the lives of some of ...

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CAJ LAUNCHES 2020 CANADIAN NEWSROOM DIVERSITY SURVEY

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 Canadian Newsroom Diversity Survey—Canada’s first representative survey of diversity in media.  The survey comes following three years of consultations with experts in survey design and medi...

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LANCEMENT DU SONDAGE 2020 SUR LA DIVERSITÉ DANS LES SALLES DE RÉDACTION CANADIENNES

L'Association canadienne des journalistes (ACJ) est heureuse d'annoncer le lancement du sondage 2020 sur la diversité dans les salles de rédaction canadiennes – le premier sondage représentatif sur la diversité dans les médias.  Ce sondage vient après troi...

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ACCESS TO INFORMATION CRISIS LEAVES JOURNALISTS, CANADIANS IN THE DARK AMID COVID-19 SECOND WAVE

HALIFAX, TORONTO—As the COVID-19 pandemic’s second-wave continues to sweep across much of the country, the federal government has maintained a very cavalier approach to meeting its legal obligations under Canada’s Access to Information Act.  According to a 21 October report i...

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US VISA CHANGES THREATEN JOURNALISTIC FREEDOM: JOINT STATEMENT

A proposal to change the way the US manages visas for foreign journalists threatens to seriously jeopardise the exercise of journalistic freedom. We, the undersigned, urge the Department of Homeland Security to drop this proposal.   The “I visa” is required for all foreign jou...

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CAJ CONDEMNS WINNIPEG POLICE INTERFERENCE WITH REPORTER

On Oct. 7, 2020 Winnipeg Police Service officer Const. Rob Carver, a member of the public information office, interfered with a journalist’s ability to report after police shot a man. Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe was in the process of procuring a video from a bystander to the shoo...

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: CODE OF SILENCE AWARDS FOR GOVERNMENT SECRECY

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2020 Code of Silence awards for outstanding achievement in government secrecy. The awards are given annually in each of four categories—federal, provincial, municipal, and police services...

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THE RIGHT TO KNOW IS CRUCIAL IN A CRISIS

This International Right to Know Day, we call on all governments and public authorities to ensure that the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is not a pretext for limiting citizens’ right to information. Legal and practical processes for accessing information should now be restored to pre-pandemic levels...

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