Yearly Archives: 2020

Lancement du sondage 2020 sur la diversité dans les salles de presse canadiennes

2022-11-17T17:07:36-05:00

L'Association canadienne des journalistes (ACJ) est heureuse d'annoncer le lancement du sondage 2020 sur la diversité dans les salles de rédaction canadiennes – le premier sondage représentatif sur la diversité dans les médias.  Ce sondage vient après trois ans de consultations avec des experts en conception de sondages et en diversité des médias et permettra de dresser un portrait - avec des données concrètes - des journalistes qui travaillent dans les médias canadiens.  « Le manque criant de diversité dans les salles de rédaction canadiennes est bien connu », a déclaré Karyn Pugliese, ancienne présidente de l'ACJ. « Mais sans [...]

Lancement du sondage 2020 sur la diversité dans les salles de presse canadiennes2022-11-17T17:07:36-05:00

Access to information crisis leaves journalists, Canadians in the dark amid COVID-19 second wave

2022-11-17T17:13:51-05:00

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 in the Winnipeg Free Press, less than half of federal access to information offices are currently operating at full capacity. This is because many departments have de-prioritised the processing of access to information requests, which has not been treated as “a critical service”, resulting in serious backlogs and no clear guidelines about when requests will be answered.  The pandemic is [...]

Access to information crisis leaves journalists, Canadians in the dark amid COVID-19 second wave2022-11-17T17:13:51-05:00

US Visa changes threaten journalistic freedom: Joint statement

2022-11-17T17:20:36-05:00

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 journalists operating in the US, whether they are there for one week or five years. Once issued it is valid for up to five years, allowing journalists to work there continuously or travel in and out of the US for assignments. The proposal by the Department of Homeland Security to limit the visa to 240 days, with [...]

US Visa changes threaten journalistic freedom: Joint statement2022-11-17T17:20:36-05:00

CAJ condemns Winnipeg Police interference with reporter

2022-11-17T17:21:58-05:00

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 shooting when Const. Carver took the phone from Thorpe, preventing the video from being made public.  The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) condemns the actions of the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS). The police have no right to bar a member of the public from communicating with a journalist, particularly when that [...]

CAJ condemns Winnipeg Police interference with reporter2022-11-17T17:21:58-05:00

The right to know is crucial in a crisis

2022-11-17T17:23:53-05:00

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 and even improved upon. The transparent and timely sharing of information with the public, on both a proactive and reactive basis, is crucial for protecting public health, preventing corruption, safeguarding democratic institutions and improving policy and-decision-making. However, more than six months after the declaration of the pandemic, while many governments have found ways to return [...]

The right to know is crucial in a crisis2022-11-17T17:23:53-05:00

Press freedom groups demand Ontario police drop all charges against Indigenous journalist

2022-11-16T19:24:21-05:00

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.  On September 2, Karl Dockstader, the co-recipient of the 2020 CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowship, was arrested and charged with mischief, and failure to comply with a court order. Dockstader was covering a land dispute between members of Six Nations, the band council, and a development company, on land known as the Haldimand Tract. The arrest bans him from the site under [...]

Press freedom groups demand Ontario police drop all charges against Indigenous journalist2022-11-16T19:24:21-05:00

CAJ: Alberta Press Gallery has a duty and a right to determine access

2022-11-17T17:34:44-05:00

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 of Rebel News.  Late last week, Postmedia announced its extraordinary decision to pull its newspapers from the press gallery. While the CAJ respects their prerogative to operate their newsrooms as they see fit, we are concerned this decision could place its journalists in a difficult position to adequately serve the public.  Press galleries [...]

CAJ: Alberta Press Gallery has a duty and a right to determine access2022-11-17T17:34:44-05:00

CAJ calls on OPP to retract threat of charges, apologize to journalist

2022-11-17T18:32:50-05:00

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 journalists seek out comments from individuals who are subjects of investigations," said CAJ president Brent Jolly. "Trying to intimidate journalists for doing their job is completely unacceptable. Journalism is not a crime." The CAJ demands that the OPP retract its threat to lay charges against a reporter conducting an investigation, clarify that it will not intervene in normal reporting practices, [...]

CAJ calls on OPP to retract threat of charges, apologize to journalist2022-11-17T18:32:50-05:00

L’ACJ condamne les attaques sur les journalistes au Quebec

2022-11-17T18:36:55-05:00

OTTAWA, 28 juillet 2020/CNW/ — L’Association canadienne des journalistes (ACJ) condamne les attaques contre des journalistes qui couvraient des manifestations anti-masques à Québec et à Montréal survenues le week-end dernier, et demande à la police de sanctionner tout comportement des manifestants qui nuit à la santé et à la sécurité des journalistes.  « Les agressions physiques, le harcèlement et l’intimidation envers les journalistes n’ont pas leur place dans une société démocratique. Ces actes s’attaquent à la liberté de la presse et nous ne pouvons les passer sous silence », indique Brent Jolly, président de l'ACJ. Dimanche, la journaliste de TVA [...]

L’ACJ condamne les attaques sur les journalistes au Quebec2022-11-17T18:36:55-05:00

Layoffs at Global: Canadians lose out on vital journalism during COVID-19

2022-11-17T18:40:27-05:00

Update: An earlier version of this press release stated that Global had laid off 70 journalists from across its operations. Global claims that number is incorrect but declined to say how many people were laid off. TORONTO, July 23, 2020 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) was dismayed to learn that multiple journalists, predominantly employed in Global News' digital operations, lost their jobs yesterday.  The decision, according to a memo obtained by J-Source, largely eliminated Global's lifestyle, entertainment and social media teams. Global's daily news podcast Wait, There's More was also cancelled abruptly, with managers giving the team [...]

Layoffs at Global: Canadians lose out on vital journalism during COVID-192022-11-17T18:40:27-05:00
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