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Media groups demand immediate release of 2 journalists, minister rein in RCMP - Hon. Marco MendicinoMinister of Public Safety Dear Minister Mendicino, As we write this letter, two Canadian journalists are being held by police under your jurisdiction for doing their jobs. This moment demands your involvement to immediately release journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano, and to bring about a swift resolution respecting journalists’ fundamental rights. The national police force has repeatedly acted well beyond the law when dealing with members of the media, in defiance of court rulings. We ask you to exercise your oversight responsibility to correct these serious violations forthwith. As you are aware, Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano were illegally arrested on Nov. 19 while reporting on the construction of a contentious natural gas pipeline in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia. They were within the court injunction area — which court decision after court decision has affirmed journalists’ right to access — when the RCMP took them into custody and confiscated their belongings and equipment. The RCMP stated the reason for arresting the two was because they had “embedded” with the protesters, which has never been illegal in Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court Justice Derek Green affirmed these rights when he found in favour of journalist [...]
Allan Thompson, journalism professor Players in news industry join up to tackle onslaught of online hate - DEBORAH RICHMOND | Web Editor Representatives from every corner of the news industry are coming together to call for action and to develop a strategy to thwart a tsunami of hate targeting Canadian journalists, especially women and people of colour. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said the media union is working with journalism groups, the labour movement, academics and employers to put a stop to the vile sexist and racist comments and threats delivered via social media, email, voicemail and internet forums. “This is illegal. It is harassment and hate, and it must not be tolerated,” O’Hanlon said in a statement issued Oct. 5. “As a union that represents 6,000 media workers, we call on law enforcement to urgently investigate these incidents and prosecute those responsible.” CWA Canada was also a signatory to a statement issued by media outlets across the country and organizations that represent journalists: “A strong, diverse media is vital for a well-informed, democratic society. While criticism is an integral part of journalism and democracy, there can be no tolerance for hate and harassment of journalists or for incitement of attacks on journalists doing their jobs. “We are united in supporting our journalists and newsrooms against those [...]
CWA Canada, human rights group help journalist escape Afghanistan - Raihan Tamanna sent ‘dozens of emails to journalists in various countries.’ Only one responded: Martin O’Hanlon, President of CWA Canada. 'The support of the union of Canadian journalists saved me from certain death.'
CWA Canada joins effort to help journalists escape Afghanistan - Canadian organizations that employ or represent media workers have been working feverishly since Kabul fell to the Taliban to help Afghan journalists and their families escape to a safe country. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon, calling the situation chaotic and dangerous, said on Friday that he had received an email that morning from an Afghan journalist whose house had been ransacked; she is now in hiding, scared for her life. “Journalists who have been critical of the Taliban face retaliation, which could well mean death.” O’Hanlon said he has been working with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) “to help push for visas and safe passage to Canada for some colleagues and so far one of them has made it out. Hundreds remain. “I was on a call with Canadian officials this afternoon and they say they’re doing all they can, but it’s tough to get planes in and tougher to get people to the airport.” The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), along with CWA Canada and multiple news organizations, issued a joint statement Friday, strongly urging the federal government to help “Afghan journalists and support staff who made our work possible” by [...]
World Press Freedom Day message from CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon - We mark another World Press Freedom Day amid a continuing pandemic, but with the hope that the worst is over and things will soon improve. We mourn the media workers who have lost their lives due to COVID-19 and pay tribute to the thousands of others who continue to provide vital news and information, often risking their own health to do so. The pandemic has shown the importance of journalism and how critical it is that people get reliable news about what’s really happening and what we should be doing. Disturbingly, the crisis has exacerbated an already troubling situation, with freedom of expression under serious threat from governments around the globe. It is vital that journalists and trusted news sources are protected and supported. CWA Canada has been speaking out and fighting back daily in defence of press freedom, on social media, and by pressuring governments directly and through our work with the International Federation of Journalists and other groups. On a positive note, at the Global Conference for Media Freedom last fall, government ministers called for new measures to protect media workers, and urged “targeted sanctions” against those who repress journalists and restrict media freedom. CWA Canada was one [...]

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Offsite Insight

18.12.16 The St. Catherines Standard – NPCA CAO claims reporter asking questions is ‘bullying’
18.12.14 Reporters Without Borders – RSF’s 2018 round-up of deadly attacks and abuses against journalists — figures up in all categories
18.12.13 National Observer – Press council comes down on Toronto Sun for ‘serious breach’ after false report about goats
18.12.13 Poynter – Egypt is jailing more journalists on ‘false news’ charges than anywhere else in the world
18.12.06 J-Source – When not to publish graphic images
18.12.03 The Signal – Canada finally has a source protection law — is it enough?
18.11.30 VICE News – Canadian politicians aren’t fazed by Supreme Court ruling against VICE reporter
18.11.30 J-Source – ‘Dark day’ for Canadian journalism industry after Vice ruling
18.11.30 Global News – Supreme Court decision on Vice Media a major ‘setback’ for investigative reporting in Canada: experts
18.11.14 Reporters Without Borders – Journalists in Cambodia — persecution and hell
18.11.11 CBC News – Attacks on the media are a threat to democracy, Trudeau says
18.11.09 The Guardian – Hong Kong effectively blacklists senior British journalist
18.11.05 Reporters Without Borders – US-RSF joins The Washington Post’s Press Freedom Partnership
18.11.01 The New York Times – The news is bad in Hungary
18.10.26 The Globe and Mail – Federal Conservative Party and Leader Scheer increase criticism of media and reporters
18.10.22 The London Free Press – News media leader hails journalists’ acquittal of police obstruction
18.10.19 J-Source – We cannot continue to ignore the Toronto Sun’s toxic output

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