TORONTO, Nov 2, 2023 – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is utterly dismayed by the fact that photojournalist John Morris was arrested for taking photographs whilst on public property in Quebec City earlier this week.

In a democratic country, a journalist carrying a camera should not instill fear in anyone. The fact that Mr. Morris, however, was detained, cuffed and searched by police because his fixed non-zoom lens could allegedly creep inside the windows of the U.S. Embassy’s consulate in Quebec City is a particularly outrageous insinuation that stretches all possible limits of credulity.

After consideration, we would hope that Mr. Morris’ fine for ‘loitering without purpose’ is rescinded and an apology is issued for the egregious violation of his fundamental freedoms.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is the country’s largest professional organization that serves to advance the interests of journalists from coast to coast to coast. The CAJ’s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.

For further information, please contact:
Brent Jolly, CAJ President, 289-387-3179, brent@caj.ca

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