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Freeland, Clooney, Hunt at media freedom conference Media freedom global pledge comes up short: CWA Canada - A media freedom global pledge that emerged from a London conference is laudable, but doesn’t go far enough, said CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon, who attended the July 10-11 gathering. “If you really want to make things better, you’ve got to hit the offenders in the pocket book,” said O’Hanlon. “Do that and things will improve overnight.” In advance of the Global Conference for Media Freedom co-hosted by the Canadian and British governments, he said the media union had four recommendations for Ottawa that would “have a tremendous impact.” Chief among them was to form a coalition of progressive governments to establish an agreement on promoting press freedom, as well as an action plan to pressure countries that continue to hinder free expression. “This should include economic sanctions along with individual sanctions against government leaders and officials that would prevent travel and the transfer of funds. We also support the idea of a rapid response mechanism to deal with threats to journalists.” CWA Canada also called on governments to: Support the United Nations Convention on the Safety of Journalists and Media Professionals as put forward by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ); Create an international court for crimes against journalists; [...]
World Press Freedom Day message from CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon - On this day, we commit to continuing the fight to protect freedom of the press in the face of a growing threat around the globe. We’ve long watched countries such as Saudi Arabia, China, Iran and Cuba strictly limit what journalists can report. But in recent years, we’ve seen the rise of demagogues and ultra-conservative parties in formerly progressive countries like Poland, Hungary, Turkey and the Philippines, who are openly hostile to the media. And then there’s the U.S., where the ugliness of Trump and his Republican enablers is a troubling threat. Journalism is a pillar of democracy and attacks on the media are attacks on our democratic systems. It is vital that progressive, moderate, responsible countries like Canada speak out publicly whenever freedom of the press is under attack, that we pressure other countries diplomatically to do better, and that we punish the worst offenders, through economic sanctions if necessary. Restricting journalists’ rights is one thing, but in many countries, the situation is even more dire. At least 94 media workers were killed in 2018, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and nine out of 10 cases remain unpunished. Impunity reigns. Hundreds of journalists are imprisoned and, [...]
What Justin Brake’s recent win means for press freedom in 2019 - GRANT BUCKLER | J-Source Commentary [~] Justin Brake, a former reporter for the Newfoundland news site The Independent, wasn’t the only winner when the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal cleared him of a civil charge of contempt last week. The ruling — an encouraging one for a news media that has undergone a spate of legal battles in recent years that call into question their rights as independent watchdogs — affirms the right of journalists to do their jobs. Brake – who now works for the Aboriginal People’s Television Network – is still facing criminal charges of mischief and disobeying a court order, which the Canadian Association of Journalists has said should be dismissed immediately. So the story isn’t over. But this decision is a bit of good news, and a sorely needed one given recent examples of the law being used to make it harder for reporters to gather information firsthand. Brake was charged in October 2016 after Indigenous protesters at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador broke a lock and entered the property of Nalcor Energy. He was there as a reporter covering the protests. When the protesters went through the gate, he followed the story [...]
CWA Canada renews call for Turkey to cease attacks on freedom of expression - Video produced by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which tracks the jailing of media workers in Turkey.   With yet another journalist being found guilty of “defamation and insult” on Tuesday, CWA Canada has renewed its call for Turkey to cease its attacks on freedom of expression. Martin O’Hanlon, the media union’s president, said it’s “sad and disgraceful” that Turkey, a formerly progressive democracy, is the world’s leading jailer of journalists. Pelin Ünker, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, was sentenced by a court in Istanbul to 13 months in jail for her Paradise Papers investigative reports on offshore tax havens published in a Turkish newspaper. They revealed details of business dealings by the country’s former prime minister, Binali Yildirim, and his family. O’Hanlon said many Turkish journalists have been “convicted under the phony catch-all charge of insulting and slandering a public official. It’s being used more and more around the world to silence opposition. It’s sad and disgraceful.” Last March, in the wake of 25 journalists being sentenced to years in prison on false terrorism charges, O’Hanlon sent a letter to the Turkish ambassador, Selçuk Ünal, expressing CWA Canada’s “grave concern about the crackdown on freedom [...]
2019: The Fight for Press Freedom - A New Year’s message from CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon

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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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