After decades of progress, the world is facing a crisis as more and more governments crack down on freedom of speech. We have long seen repressive regimes in China, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and many other countries smother free expression, but recently, formerly progressive countries like Poland and Turkey have joined in the suppression. On this day, we must all stand together and speak out in support of our basic human right.
Today, we honour our colleagues around the globe who are fighting for a free press, truth, and democracy. Many have been harassed, jailed, attacked or even murdered by governments, terror groups or criminal gangs. In the vast majority of cases, no suspects are ever caught or punished. We must end the impunity.
Even here in Canada, we must fight any attempt to limit a free press or thwart the public’s right to know. As journalism goes, so goes democracy.
CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon