Advocacy

CAJ launches fourth annual Newsroom Diversity Survey

2024-02-22T11:01:12-05:00

TORONTO, ON, Feb 22, 2024/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Newsroom Diversity Survey is back for a fourth consecutive year. “The 2023 diversity survey set a high-bar as it collected the most comprehensive sample of newsroom demographic data ever compiled in Canadian media history,” said Brent Jolly, CAJ president. “Our challenge for 2024 is ambitious: to gather more and more data to better understand the progress being made by industry to ensure that newsrooms reflect the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of the communities they serve.” Previous versions of the Newsroom Diversity Survey can be found on our website: [...]

CAJ launches fourth annual Newsroom Diversity Survey2024-02-22T11:01:12-05:00

In wake of dubious SCC decision, CAJ argues cabinet secrecy dramatically expanded against the public’s right to know

2024-02-06T14:08:11-05:00

TORONTO, ON/Feb. 6, 2024 - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) was extremely disappointed by Friday’s unanimous landmark decision rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada that will ensure Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s 2018 mandate letters to his then-incoming cabinet ministers will remain under lock and key. “This entire ordeal has made a complete mockery of the idea of government’s proactively disclosing information to the public to whom they are ultimately accountable,” said Brent Jolly, CAJ president. “The decision by the Supreme Court of Canada basically gives governments a green light to keep the public in the dark.” The decision [...]

In wake of dubious SCC decision, CAJ argues cabinet secrecy dramatically expanded against the public’s right to know2024-02-06T14:08:11-05:00

Media advisory: Brandi Morin press availability

2024-01-30T14:16:14-05:00

Today at 11:30 a.m. MT there will be a media availability outside the Edmonton Police Headquarters with journalist Brandi Morin and lawyer Richard Mirasty.  Morin will report to be fingerprinted at 11 a.m. She and lawyer Richard Mirasty will address the media outside of the building at 11:30.  On January 10, Morin, an award-winning Indigenous journalist, was arrested and charged with obstruction for doing her job, while reporting on an Edmonton Police raid on an Indigenous encampment.  In a press conference yesterday, the Canadian Association of Journalists, Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters without Borders, Indigenous Journalists Association, Coalition for Women [...]

Media advisory: Brandi Morin press availability2024-01-30T14:16:14-05:00

‘A blunt form of censorship:’ Press groups condemn arrest of journalist Brandi Morin

2024-01-30T14:13:46-05:00

National and international journalism community unites to denounce arrest and charge At a press conference held earlier today, more than a half-dozen pre-eminent press freedom groups joined in calling for the charges of obstruction to be dropped against journalist Brandi Morin, who was arrested in Edmonton earlier this month while reporting on a police raid on an unhoused encampment. Representatives of the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, the Indigenous Journalists Association, the Coalition for Women in Journalism, Journalists for Human Rights, PEN Canada and Amnesty International united in calling for the [...]

‘A blunt form of censorship:’ Press groups condemn arrest of journalist Brandi Morin2024-01-30T14:13:46-05:00

Statement from CAJ President at Jan 29 2024 press conference regarding Brandi Morin arrest

2024-01-29T13:06:24-05:00

Good morning – or good afternoon – depending on wherever you are joining us for this press conference today.   My name is Brent Jolly and I’m the president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.  Let me begin by saying how disappointed I am that this press conference is even needed today. It’s an incredibly sad reflection on the current state of press freedom in Canada. But, alas, here we are.  On January 10, journalist Brandi Morin was arrested by the Edmonton police while reporting on a raid at a primarily Indigenous encampment for the unhoused.  Let me be blunt: Based [...]

Statement from CAJ President at Jan 29 2024 press conference regarding Brandi Morin arrest2024-01-29T13:06:24-05:00

Law enforcement’s attacks on journalists, press freedom, must end

2024-01-19T17:50:19-05:00

TORONTO, ON. Jan. 19, 2024/CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) demands that all national, provincial and regional law enforcement agencies swiftly implement enforceable policies that will prevent journalists from being improperly arrested or detained. Within the past month, multiple Canadian journalists have been arrested or forcibly detained while reporting from the field.  Last Wednesday, while on assignment for Ricochet Media, freelance journalist Brandi Morin was arrested by the Edmonton Police Service while conducting interviews at a downtown Edmonton encampment site. Morin was charged with obstruction, fingerprinted, and released on a promise to appear in court on Feb. 1.   [...]

Law enforcement’s attacks on journalists, press freedom, must end2024-01-19T17:50:19-05:00

Emergency Support Fund for Canadian Journalists underscores the duty of care we owe to each other

2024-02-22T10:55:56-05:00

TORONTO, ON. Dec, 22, 2023/CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is launching a groundbreaking new pilot project that will help provide invaluable short-term financial support to its member journalists during times of crisis. The Emergency Support Fund for Canadian Journalists will provide eligible members of the CAJ with microgrants to cover short-term expenses related either to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist or as a means to support wellness and/or other care-based needs. The emergency fund has been made possible with a generous donation from the Inspirit Foundation. “The responsibility of covering the cacophony [...]

Emergency Support Fund for Canadian Journalists underscores the duty of care we owe to each other2024-02-22T10:55:56-05:00

Letter to Nova Scotia Department of Justice: Review of Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP)

2023-11-30T12:22:01-05:00

November 27, 2023 Department of Justice FOIPOP Modernization PO Box 7 Halifax, NS B3J 2L6 foipop.modernization@novascotia.ca RE: Review of Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) Dear Working Group members, Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with our association’s feedback on Nova Scotia’s review of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP Act) and related legislation and regulations. We hope this submission provides you with some insightful guidance into the challenges that working journalists face when attempting to access documents subject to the Act when producing quality public service journalism. I am [...]

Letter to Nova Scotia Department of Justice: Review of Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP)2023-11-30T12:22:01-05:00

Cooler heads prevail: Ottawa and Google announce deal

2023-11-30T12:36:01-05:00

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to learn that the federal government and Google have been able to reach an agreement, announced earlier today, that will see the tech giant pay $100-million annually to Canadian news organizations.  "Achieving this détente is a critical step in beginning to address the complicated and uneven relationship that has existed between tech platforms and journalism for quite some time," said Brent Jolly, CAJ president.  "At the same time, however, this announcement also provides everyone involved with an incomplete picture of how the money will be divided and how it will be used [...]

Cooler heads prevail: Ottawa and Google announce deal2023-11-30T12:36:01-05:00

The CAJ’s 2023 Canadian Newsroom Diversity Survey is the most comprehensive data set on gender and race in Canadian newsrooms

2023-11-17T17:06:59-05:00

TORONTO, ONT., Nov 21, 2023 / CNW/  – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to release the findings of its third annual national Canadian Newsroom Diversity Survey. For this year’s voluntary survey, the CAJ collected data on 6,035 journalists from 273 newsrooms across radio, television, digital and print media in Canada. This is an increase in participation from 5,012 journalists at 242 newsrooms in the 2022 survey. Participation in this year’s survey is the highest it has ever been, making this the most comprehensive data set on the gender and racial breakdown of Canadian newsrooms ever published. In [...]

The CAJ’s 2023 Canadian Newsroom Diversity Survey is the most comprehensive data set on gender and race in Canadian newsrooms2023-11-17T17:06:59-05:00
Go to Top