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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
Martin O'Hanlon, Ben Makuch Senators assessing human rights progress hear press freedom under serious threat - Statement by CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon on behalf of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights: Thank you for inviting me to speak about the rights of journalists as you assess progress in standing up for equality, justice and human dignity in 2018 — the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I wish I had good news to report, but I’m sad to say that, for journalists, things are getting worse. Freedom of expression and more specifically, freedom of the press, are under serious threat around the globe. We’ve long watched governments, from Saudi Arabia to Russia to Cuba, restricting what journalists can report. But now, many serial offenders like China are cracking down even harder, using technology to quash dissent and to block the sharing of information on social media. Even more troubling, we’ve seen the rise of demagogues and ultra-conservative parties in formerly progressive countries like Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and the Philippines, who are openly hostile to the media. Turkey is now the world’s leading jailer of journalists with hundreds being held on trumped-up charges – and many given long jail sentences. And then there’s [...]
Press release graphic Supreme Court ruling a ‘blow to press freedom’; media union vows to fight on - OTTAWA — CWA Canada, the country’s only all-media union, is deeply disappointed with today’s Supreme Court decision ordering a reporter to hand over files to police, and is vowing to continue the fight to protect journalists’ sources. The high court upheld a lower court ruling that VICE Media reporter Ben Makuch must give the RCMP material he gathered for stories about an alleged ISIS fighter. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said the decision is bad news for freedom of the press and for democracy. “I can’t express strongly enough how troubled I am with this ruling,” O’Hanlon said. “It has potentially devastating consequences for press freedom.” “Police have an important job to do in protecting us from crime, but they cannot expect journalists to do that job for them. The media is not, nor should it ever be, an arm of the state.” “It is vital for free speech and democracy that journalists guard the anonymity of their sources. If not, sources, including whistleblowers, will be far less likely to talk to journalists knowing that they could be identified and punished. The result? Canadians will be blocked from important information and stories about matters of vital public interest.” O’Hanlon vowed [...]
On Labour Day weekend, ponder importance of unions, free press for our society - Labour Day Message from CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon On this Labour Day weekend, please take a moment to think about how important the labour movement and a free press are for our society and what you can do to help defend these vital pillars of democracy. For well over a century, the labour movement has led the struggle to make life better for common people. It is thanks to unions that we have so much we often take for granted, from decent wages to the five-day workweek, pensions, health coverage — on and on. These gains, which built the middle class, spurred the economy, and strengthened our democracy, took decades to achieve and, if we don’t keep up the struggle, we will lose them. Sadly, in the age of Trump, both our union sisters and brothers and our media colleagues in the U.S. are under attack. In addition to gutting labour laws and social supports, Trump is stirring up anti-media sentiment with inflammatory and hateful rhetoric. It is not normal. It is dangerous. His language is that of a dictator, not of a democratic leader. We are feeling the effects here in Canada as Trump emboldens not only right-wing radicals and others who [...]

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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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