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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

CAJ: Journalists taking photographs on public property is not against the law

2023-11-03T12:30:03-04:00

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 [...]

CAJ: Journalists taking photographs on public property is not against the law2023-11-03T12:30:03-04:00

CAJ: Hands off news coverage

2023-11-13T15:03:08-05:00

TORONTO, ONT., Oct 24, 2023 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) calls on Conservative Members of Parliament to rescind their motions demanding that senior members of CBC’s leadership team appear before House of Commons committees, as it infringes on journalistic independence.  Last week, two Conservative MPs tabled motions calling for Catherine Tait, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, and George Achi, the CBC’s director of journalistic standards and public trust, to testify before parliamentarians. The move was in response to the corporation’s language policy around when CBC journalists should and shouldn’t use the term ‘terrorism’ in their stories. These [...]

CAJ: Hands off news coverage2023-11-13T15:03:08-05:00

CAJ: RCMP ignores legal precedent, Charter rights, in continued campaign to persecute Canadian journalist

2023-11-13T15:04:35-05:00

TORONTO, ONT., Oct 16, 2023 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is appalled by the preposterous statements made by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in a court filing to justify the arrest – and the breach of the Charter rights – of award-winning photojournalist Amber Bracken while documenting the construction of TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory in late 2021.  Late last week, The Canadian Press reported on the public release of the RCMP’s response to a civil suit filed by Bracken and The Narwhal, for whom Bracken was on assignment at the time of [...]

CAJ: RCMP ignores legal precedent, Charter rights, in continued campaign to persecute Canadian journalist2023-11-13T15:04:35-05:00

Online News Act Regulations Submission

2023-10-03T17:27:54-04:00

On October 2, 2023, the CAJ submitted the following to the federal government in relation to submission requests on the draft regulations for the Online News Act. Submission to the Canada Gazette:  On behalf of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), thank you for this opportunity to provide important stakeholder feedback on the draft regulations for the Online News Act. We hope to play a constructive role as the federal government implements these measures. The CAJ is the country’s largest professional membership organization that serves to advance the interests of journalists from coast to coast to coast. Our association’s primary roles [...]

Online News Act Regulations Submission2023-10-03T17:27:54-04:00

Metroland and Metro Média bankruptcies signal more ‘dark days’ ahead for local journalism in Canada

2023-11-13T15:06:58-05:00

TORONTO, ONT., Sept 20, 2023 /CNW/ - The announcements that Ontario community newspaper publishers Metroland Media Group and Quebec-based Métro Média have gone bankrupt will see fewer journalists covering large swaths of Ontario and Quebec. This is yet another devastating blow to an industry increasingly hanging by a thread.  “These are catastrophic losses for media workers and Canadians who live in smaller communities,” said Brent Jolly, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).  “The bottom line is that with every journalist that is laid off, and every publication that shutters its doors, Canada’s democratic resiliency erodes a little bit [...]

Metroland and Metro Média bankruptcies signal more ‘dark days’ ahead for local journalism in Canada2023-11-13T15:06:58-05:00

All journalists deserve stable jobs and less precarious work

2023-11-13T15:07:50-05:00

TORONTO, ONT., September 6, 2023 /CNW/ - The increasing state of precarious employment sweeping across the Canadian journalism industry is an issue that will lead to devastating social impacts if it’s not stopped.  “Journalists perform a critical role in democratic societies,” said Brent Jolly, CAJ president. “Without journalists, Canadians will become less informed about important news and current affairs. The intrepid work of journalists helps to hold the powerful at all levels of authority accountable.” Despite this crucial work, the CAJ is disturbed about how fewer and fewer journalists have full-time jobs. The CAJ is concerned about this trend. In [...]

All journalists deserve stable jobs and less precarious work2023-11-13T15:07:50-05:00

Political parties should not be in the business of deciding who is (or is not) a journalist: press freedom groups

2023-08-31T00:35:12-04:00

OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 31, 2023 /CNW/ - The below is a letter sent by the CAJ, in tandem with other prominent Canadian press freedom groups, to the Conservative Party of Canada in response to The Breach not being given media accreditation to attend the party’s upcoming convention. August 31, 2023 Mme. Sarah Fischer Director of Communications Conservative Party of Canada 1800-66 Slater Street Ottawa ON K1P 5H1 Delivered by email RE: The Breach denied media accreditation for CPC Convention Dear Mme. Fischer,  Our consortium of press freedom groups are writing to you today to express our concern that The Breach, [...]

Political parties should not be in the business of deciding who is (or is not) a journalist: press freedom groups2023-08-31T00:35:12-04:00

No news is bad news for Canada: CAJ urges Meta, Google, government, and news organizations to uphold the public’s right to know

2023-11-13T15:08:40-05:00

TORONTO, ONT., August 2, 2023 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) calls on Meta to reverse its reckless, ill-advised decision, announced yesterday, to soon prevent Canadians from viewing or sharing news articles on its Facebook and Instagram platforms.  “Democracy cannot flourish, let alone exist, without its citizens having access to accurate and quality information to help them make important decisions about how to live their lives,” said Brent Jolly, president of the CAJ.  It’s a chilling irony that after Facebook and Instagram have extracted so much wealth from Canadian communities, their parent company has chosen this nuclear option [...]

No news is bad news for Canada: CAJ urges Meta, Google, government, and news organizations to uphold the public’s right to know2023-11-13T15:08:40-05:00
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