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.

FIVE JOURNALISTS JOIN CAJ BOARD FOR THE 2020-2022 TERM

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is thrilled to welcome five new faces to the CAJ board of directors for the 2020-2022 term. These members will work with the rest of the CAJ board to connect and support journalists working across Canada:  Laurie Few – Nation...

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CAJ: POLICE MUST STOP ATTACKING JOURNALISTS COVERING PROTESTS IN THE U.S.

OTTAWA, June 1, 2020 / CNW / — The 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. B...

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LIBERALS CAN SALVAGE BROKEN ATIP SYSTEM IF THEY MUSTER POLITICAL WILL

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 go...

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ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CANADA WINS CODE OF SILENCE AWARD

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 Expre...

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CODE OF SILENCE AWARD GOES TO ALBERTA GOVERNMENT

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 ...

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NEWSROOMS MUST NOT COMPROMISE JOURNALISTIC INDEPENDENCE FOR ADVERTISERS: CAJ

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 ne...

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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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