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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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PRESS FREEDOM GROUPS DEMAND ONTARIO POLICE DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST INDIGENOUS JOURNALIST

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2020 /CNW/ —The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the Ontario Provincial Police’s decision to arrest and lay charges against an award-winning Indigenous journalist...

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CAJ: LA TRIBUNE DE LA PRESSE D'ALBERTA A LE DEVOIR (ET LE FROIT) DE CONTRÔLER L'ACCÈS À SES RANGS

TORONTO, 18 août 2020 /CNW/—Dimanche dernier, le conseil national de l’Association canadienne des journalistes (CAJ) s’est réuni pour une réunion ordinaire. Un des points importants à l’ordre du jour a été de discuter de la récente déci...

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CAJ: ALBERTA PRESS GALLERY HAS A DUTY AND A RIGHT TO DETERMINE ACCESS

TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2020 /CNW/ -This past Sunday, the national board of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) gathered for a regular meeting. One of our main agenda items was to discuss the recent news of the Alberta Legislative Press Gallery’s refusal to issue memberships to employees o...

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SIXTEEN TOP JOURNALISTS TO MENTOR EARLY-CAREER CAJ MEMBERS

OTTAWA, Aug 4, 2020 /CNW/ —The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2020 Mentorship Program for Early-Career Journalists.  Some of the best journalists working in radio, television, digital, and print publications across the country have s...

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CAJ CALLS ON OPP TO RETRACT THREAT OF CHARGES, APOLOGIZE TO JOURNALIST

TORONTO, July 31, 2020 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is alarmed to learn the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has threatened CBC reporter Colin Butler with harassment charges while performing his reporting duties. "Responsible, ethical, reporting requires that journalist...

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