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World Press Freedom Day message from CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon - We mark World Press Freedom Day this year in the most unusual of circumstances: a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, crippled economies, and challenged democracies. We must start by mourning the media workers who have lost their lives due to COVID-19 and paying tribute to the thousands of others who continue to provide vital news and information during this public-health crisis, often at great personal risk. Now, more than ever, it is critical that people get reliable news about what’s really happening and how best to get through this crisis. At CWA Canada, we have been working relentlessly to ensure employers protect the health of staff. We have also been fighting to defend our collective agreements so that our members have some financial security, especially those who have been temporarily laid off or had their hours cut. At the same time, we recognize that employers are struggling to deal with plunging revenues and we have urged the federal government to do even more to provide relief. We also pushed successfully for federal aid for freelancers, temps, contract and other precarious workers. The current crisis has only exacerbated an already troubling situation with freedom of expression under [...]
Martin O'Hanlon at social media conference Get tough with those who suppress free expression, CWA Canada leader tells social media conference - A two-day international conference — Social Media: Challenges and Ways to Promote Freedoms and Protect Activists — that wrapped up Monday in Doha, Qatar, drew more than 250 participants ranging from human rights organizations to media and technology workers, including CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon. He spoke about opportunities and dangers for journalists in this presentation to the Interactive Plenary Debate: Identification of future activities to broaden civic space in the social media. * * * I am a journalist. So, in terms of our topic here – broadening the civic space in social media – I will come at it from the perspective of journalism: the vital role of the media in democracy and how important it is to protect and foster freedom of the press in the digital realm. Specifically, I want to focus on the importance of protecting and expanding the ability of journalists to use social media safely and without hindrance from governments, criminals, trolls or other parties. As I’m fond of saying: As journalism goes, so goes democracy. There have been some excellent presentations over these two days and I think all the issues and problems have been well identified so I will try not [...]
2020: Keeping Up the Fight for Press Freedom, Decent Jobs, Quality Journalism - A New Year’s message from CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon
VICE reporter Ben Makuch VICE reporter takes press freedom award - A VICE Media reporter who fought and lost a four-year legal battle over an RCMP production order is the winner of the 2019 Arnold Amber Award for Investigative Journalism. Ben Makuch will receive the $2,000 award, sponsored by CWA Canada and named for the media union’s late former director, at the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression’s 22nd annual gala on Nov. 27 in Toronto. Makuch, a member of the Canadian Media Guild (CWA Canada Local 30213), is being recognized for “his courage and perseverance in light of difficult legal challenges,” said CJFE. A production order issued in 2015 by the Mounties against the VICE journalist to hand over all communications between him and an alleged ISIS fighter went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. “The federal police sought access to all communications he had as part of their criminal investigation into the terror suspect. Makuch steadfastly refused to hand the notes over, prompting a further legal battle following the Supreme Court decision.” CJFE has arranged for Makuch and the recipients of two other awards to attend the gala in honour of journalists in Canada and around the world who “champion free expression in different ways.” Reuters journalists [...]
We must stand on guard for decent jobs, quality journalism, press freedom - Labour Day Message from CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon At CWA Canada, we are standing on guard this Labour Day – and always – to defend quality jobs, quality journalism, a vibrant free press, and a strong, independent labour movement. It’s hard to believe that in 2019 we still have to fight for something as basic as press freedom, but it’s a sad reality given the rise of demagogues and right-wing radicals in formerly progressive democracies who perversely view the media as “enemies of the people.” We cannot let them win. We must all commit to defending journalism as a pillar of democracy. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and on our democratic system. We must also fight to save quality journalism at a time when it is under assault from all directions, whether declining ad revenue, cannibalistic hedge funds, arrogant owners or autocratic leaders. It is our duty is to stand up in our workplace and at the bargaining table – with the strength and protection of our union – to defend decent-paying jobs and quality journalism. A weakened media is bad for workers, bad for society, and dangerous for democracy. So [...]

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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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